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E GrOSPEL MESSENGEE. 



'Set for the Defense of tbe Gospel.* 



Entered at the Post-Oflice at Mt Morris 111. 
aa Second Class Matter. 



Vol. % Old Series, 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 6, 188B. 



No. 1 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BKQMBADGH, Editob, 

And B'isinese Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Hnntingdon. Pa. 

Bko. Swiariirf; is prpaching for the Clover Creek breth- 
Iten in their church in Martii sburgf. As he has not yet 
eturned, we have no leport to make of the result or 
aaracler of the meetings. 




Bro Bftefy, the Normal vocal music teacher, is now 
teachinsr ii class at Wajnesboro, Pa. He is using the 
Brethren's Hymnal, und is thus preparing the young 
mprabers imd others to Bouke good chmch music. If all 
churches would make up a class of thin kind, the sing- 
ing m our churches would be greatly improved. 

Bko. J.T. Myer.^ of the Green Tree church, informs 
as that ilirty are in the miilst of an interesting series of 
ipptmgs, and that a number have decided to live the 
•better life." We are glad that our rainistei-a are at 
irork au'l that succf^ss is attending their labors. The 
irvpst is truly ripft and f^very possible effort should be 
^ade to gather in the precious sheaves. 

J B. B and bis wife, sister Ella, have returned to 

their old home in this place, and are now enjoymg a 

won of ipst among (heir former friends They are 

dh pleased with thi^ir sojourn among the Mt. Morris 

bretbrnn, and fully apprpciatfr the kindness shown them 

wliiln' tht'ii'. Thoii ivturn was bailed with gladness by 

Lirq. Archy Van Djke 

t;..... -. .. .^ , ^- -. . ^.....U . \Xl<b thi!;^. ;a- i'u.-. - 

TyroiK-, vviiere they stoppr-d off to visit several sisteisre- 
sidinir in Clearfield ciianty. They are to be with us d i.- 
ing ('nristinas. Theirintention is to remain East sever- 
al months, to visit iheir relatives and friends. Hope 
their stay with us may prove pleasant and profitable. 



Buo Qii liter is laboring for the Manor chm-cb, Md., 
brethren- They have opened their new church-house in 
Hageistown, and he was called to officiate on the occa- 
sion. The meetings are continued. We are glad that 
oar brethren are beginning to feel the necessity of build- 
ing hiHHes in towns and cities. It has been very evident 
that 'lut little can bo accomplished in such places without 
housi'.s of our own. And as the gospel is to be preached 
to ail creatures, why should those living in towns and 
cities be made an exception? There is a large number 
of sui;ii places, wherein good congregations could be 
gathoi-.'J, biid we houses of our own— and winy do we 
not huvf^such hou-^es? We possess millions of dollars 
that ouji^t to be applied to such bei^evolent purposes. 



The lirethren in Altoona have been holding quite an 
interest inc meeting for the last two weeks. The meet- 
iny:9 wiTe i oramenred by brother D. F. Stoulfer. He re- 
mained UDt'l the 18th On Saturday we veceived.an in- 
vitation by telephone to be wah them over Sunday. Be- 
ing dfsiioiis to help along in the good work, we took the 
evening train, in company with brother Leatherman, 
an'l got there just as they were opening the services. By 
reri'ie-it, we filled the appointment, and also one on Sun- 
day morning After these services, four applicants pre- 
aentt-d thniuselves for baptism. These, with several oth- 
ers, had made the important decision during brother 
Stoull ''Tp proachintc. We had not the pleasure of being 
pres 'nt Sitthe baptism, as we had to take the two o'clock 
train Iwme^iivd, to fill our evening appointment a,t 
home. Brother LeaN^erman remained, administered the 
bapMsm, an<l also pnM%lied in the evening. As there 
seeiu't to be a good inter<'9t manifested, the home breth- 
ren have coacluded to conlinue the meetings during the 
week. 



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MEETING OP THR MIDDLE DISTRICT 
OF PENNSYLVANIA. 



Asa number ofjfee churches of Middle Pennsylvania 
were desirous that the next Annual Meeting should bo 
held in the East, a meeting of delegates was called at 
Maitland, in the Lewistown church, on the 17th of De- 
cember, and in response to this call, fourteen churches 
were represented by delegates and five by letter. The 
delegates all voted in faver of the meeting; also all the 
churches that were represented , by K Iter, except two. — 
The meeting was one of unusual p easantness, and an 
entire unanimity of spirit seemed td characterize the 
meeting. 

Some thrise or four locations for holding the meeting 
weie offered and their fidvantages discussed. But as it 
was thought necessary that the different places should be 
carefully . examined, a committee on location was ap- 
pointed, and will meet on the second Monday of Janua- 
ry. Tiie committee consists of the following brethren ; 
Adam Bcelman, .Jacob Shamberger, Brice Sell, J. F 
Oiler, Wm. Howe, Jas. R Lane and telf. A report of 
our decision will be gi\en after the meeting. 

To avoid the large crowd on Sunday, a lesolution was 
passed at the meeting, that there will be no preaching 
on the ground on that d^iy. 



A LOOK BOTH WAYS. 



The time has now come that men generally look both 
Witys. We look back p.nd we look forward. The for- 
ward look depends very much on how the backward look 
pi •■</■ 1,1.' ,''■ <■■ Tp\^ *-hf^ - ■■tj\ *V<at is ro"' passing 
1 lay, we have been in the line of duty, our retrospect 
cannot be otherwise than a plcas-ure to us This fact 
should teach us the value of time and the impoitance of 
improving the moments as tbey come We have be- 
come so conversant with the laws of nature that we 
ought not to be disappointed in rt suits. If we have 
sown no good seed, we cannot reasonably expect a har- 
vest. Neither can we expect a reward for labor unper- 
formed. 

Our retrospect is just what we made it This is one 
of the facts that unpleasantly stare us in the face, and 
whatever we have left behind us, we ought to prepare 
ourselves to look back upon, and resignedly accept the 
inevitable. We are buildintrour own monuments. We 
pass on, but our works remain as a building going up- 
ward, waiting each day for new stones to complete our 
building. 

On account of the year being one of the most common 
divisions of time, we are inclined to go ahead until it is 
completed, and then look back upon our work as a whole, 
and then go to grief h« cause that which we have done 
does not please us. Yet we cannot be di.^appointed, as 
our intelligence tells us that it could not be otherwise. 

To-day thousands will look buck, and as the works of 
their own hands com<^ crowding up before them, there 
will be wringing of hands, ^'uashing of teeth, and the 
dropping of bitter tears. But all these cannot avail any- 
thing, as it is only the legitimate fruits of past actions 
ITow forcibly comes in here the apostolic reminder: "Be 
not decivcd; God is not nioeked; whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap." 

VVo shou'd not always be looking back, but it is well 
for us, occasionally, to stop and think, to be i-ure tiiat we 
are right, and then go ahead: and as we are now closing 
another year, it would be well for us to make this a timo 
for retrospecting. If the year ha.t been one of mistakes, 
we should see what they are and thus be enabled to 
avoid them in the future. If we have done well and 
are satisfied, we will be encouraged to go forward with 
renewed energy and zeal. 

The forward look is always a hopeful one, as it is nev- 



er, too late to do good. No matter low dark and un- 
profitable our past has been, if we now detei-mine to 
cease to do evil and leani to do well, God's mercy will 
reach us and he will cover our sins out of his sight. He 
says: "Come, let us reason together; though jcur sins be 
as scarlet, they shall be as whue as snow." 

Then, as we turn over the new leaf, let us do it with 
the determination that our lecoid for 1885 shall be a 
clear one, so that if we are spared to see it close, our 
backward look may be all that we could desire .jt to be, 
— a full year,— a year well spent. 

For our own part, such is our desire, such is our pray- 
er. The responsibilities of life are great. A wonderful 
work is before us, and to do it all, we have no time to 
waste. Let us all be up and doing, for in such an hour 
as wp think not, the Son of Man cometh. 



Tirw Parable of the Prodigal will stand at the head 
of parables to the end of time. It can never grow old 
as 'ong as fathers and children exist; and it can never 
fail to move inenV hearts. It is, nest to Christ himself, 
the grandest revelation of Ood in tie universe. It is 
gospel and law, and nature and revelation, and truth 
and tenderness, and God and man, all blended together, 
and all illumined with such a blaze of soft, sweet liglit, 
that our souls sink down in ecstasy, lost in tears, in love, 
in gratitude and .ioy." 



Intrmi'kh.\nik and its kindred vices have branded 
the heads and backs and fcet^ of thousands who now are 
orphans or worse. Ca' amities of varion.-i kinds disperse 
f.ivVj^. ;,iv' iv>,-»o Tip^rts which f-nly »■-'"•"■ — ,-, 
sympathy can heal. The world is ful! 
there is no time to repine. Duty speaii> lomiiy, and 
calls for man'y strugsrle. The children, the children, let 
us save the children. Bright jewels sparkle ofttimes be- 
neath the rough and untidy exteriors. We cannot save 
all, we cannot help all, for some will elude your charity, 
and spurn youv sympathy; but at last the t'lue may 
come to do the good vc seek. Be ready lor the opportu- 
nity — Helping Hnnilx. 



An admirable reply wa^ once made by a careful read- 
er of the Bible to an 'nfidel who attacked him with such 
e.vpressions as these: "That the blood of Christ can wash 
away sin is foolishness; I don't undei stand or believe it." 
The Bible student remarked, "Yon and Paul agree ex- 
actly." The infidel replied, with surprise, "How is this, 
that Paul and I exactly agrep?" Said the student, 
"Turn to the first chapter of Corinthians, and i cad the 
eighteenth verse." The mfidt-i read, "For the preach- 
ing of the cross is to them that perish, loohshness: but 
unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." The 
infidel hung his head, and ever ailer studied the Bible, 
and bOon believed it to be God's power of salvation. 



Rh.T..\TivE to calamity as the punishment for sin. Dr. 
McCosh says, "In all cases, it is easier to determine the 
meanings of the judgments of God in i-elercnc" to our- 
selves, than in their reterenctf to others, when they aie 
exposed to them. Being ourselves acqua nte 1 with all 
ihe incidents of onr past lite, we may trace a connection 
between deeds wli'ch we have done and triads sent upon 
u.s — a connection with no other is intended to perceive, 
or so much as to suspect While utfliction can. in no 
cise, prove the existence of sin not otherwise establish- 
ed, yet it may be the nii^ns of leading the peison af- 
flicted to inquire whether he may not. in his pa-*' life, 
have committed some sin, of which this is f'e punish- 
ment or cure. Here, .is in many other cases, (ho ml is, 
to be strict in judging ourselves and Blow in jadgiiig 
others. 



THE aOS:PEL MESSEISraER. 



SS^^TSTS- 



study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, righily diyiding the 

Word of Truth. 



THE fllANSION BEYOND. 



BY S. T. BOSSERMAN. 



All the acquisitions in life are limited. 
We can go but so far and we must stop. Ev- 
erything we may acquire, however pleasant 
or beneficial, will vanish away — must perish. 
Our ambition in life may be to acquire wealth 
and pleasant surroundings, and after we have 
expended our means, labored with untiring 
efforts to place ourselves in pleasant, healthy 
and happy conditions, yet the time is coming 
when all must be left and we shall bid adieu 
to all that is of earth. 

Inspiration leads the mind to accept this 
transientness when Christ humbly warns us 
not to lay up for ourselves treasures upon 
the earth. We are invited to lay up our 
treasures in a higher, loftier place than that 
of earth. That place is the heavenly man- 
sion which Christ, in his own goodness and 
mercy, has prepared for us. That mansion 
is as lasting as eternity, as replete with joy 
as the happiness of angels, as blissful as the 
highest capacity of the redeemed and as full 
of love as our Master himself is in possession 
of. Our chief aim in life should be to secure 
a title to this heavenly mansion. The way- 
marks to it are recorded in the inspired word 
of God. The beacon lights are so closely 
placed to each other, that their rays light up 
the way so plainly as xo ward off the least 
possibility of mistake. 

The Christian is pointing towards the holy 
place. Angels invite a hearty welcome. The 
redeemed, with extended hand, ask your ac- 
ceptance. Christ beseechingly calls'and asks 
the Father's mercy yet to reign. That man- 
sion will never fail. Its joys ever will be 
sweet; its happiness is complete; its love ever 
true and affectionate, and its attractiveness bo 
great as to cement our attachment to it for- 
ever. 

That mansion is a locality — a real place. 
Jesus says, "I go to prepare a place for you." 
It matters not where it is; whether upon this 
earth, or among the planets, or high up in the 
upper deep. This we do know, it is where 
God dwells. 

That mansion has its attractions, not sim- 
ply because of its pearly gates or jasper walls 
or golden floors, as it were transparent glass; 
not only because our loved ones are there, 
and Jesus and the angels, but its chief at- 
tractiveness is that of being with God. Oh, 
what a privilege, oh so divine! May its rich 
splendors be mine. How my inner soul longa 
for this happiness, the pure and holy place 
which has Christ in it! Oh it is glory enough, 
its joys divine. 

Tliat mansion possesses a love so strong 
that death itself cannot kill. Those of our 
loved ones there, who love us still as we love 
them, will make us feel, when arriving at the 
mansion of rest, as though no great length of 
time had intervened during our separation. 
Oh, that blessed love which knows no cessa- 



tion, that which links hearts on earth to 
Ijearts in heaven and binds us together with 
ties indissoluble. 

That heavenly "mansion will not be a 
strange place, but like a home from which we 
had been detained; for we shall see, not as 
strangers, but old familiar faces, and faces 
never by us seen before, will be known in- 
stantly by us, by that law of spiritual, subtle 
recognition by which spirits know each other 
everywhere, even as they know and are 
known instantly of God; and heaven will be, 
in all its sights and sounds and greetings, a 
great home gathering to us who enter it." 

Oh, the desires of the heart to be in pos- 
session of such happiness! Readers, shall it 
be yours to enjoy? Shall it be mine? It 
shall be ours upon the conditions that we be- 
come fully Christed in our lives in true obe- 
dience to the law of God. 

THE TEMPTATION OP CHRIST. 



BY J. W. SOUTHWOOD. 



We learn from Hebrews 4: 15 that Christ 
"was in all j)oint8 tempted like as we are, yet 
without sin." Although Jesus, no doubt, was 
tempted many times, and on different occa- 
sions, yet there is one occasion mentioned in 
Matt. 4: 1-11 to which we desire to call at- 
tention. "Then was Jesus led up of the spir- 
it into the wilderness to be tempted of the 
devil. And when he had fasted forty days 
and forty nights, he was afterwards anhnger- 
ed, and when the tempter came to him, he 
said. If thou be the Son of God, command 
that these stones be made bread. But he an- 
swered and said, It is writtsu, man shall not 
live by bread alone, but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then 
the devil taketh him up into the holy city, 
and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 
and saith unto him. If thou be the Son of 
God, cast thyself down, for it is written. He 
shall give his angels charge concerning thee, 
and in their hands they shall bear thee up, 
lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a 
stone. Jesus said unto him. It is written 
again. Thou shalt not. tempt the Lord thy 
God. Again, the devil taketh him up into 
an exceeding highmountain, andshewethhim 
all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory 
of them; and saith unto him, All these things 
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and 
worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get 
thee hence, Satan, for it is written. Thou 
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him on- 
ly shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth 
him, and, behold, angels came and ministered 
unto him." 

In the first place I desire to notice the time, 
not chronologically considered, but relative 
to his mission. From Matt. 1: 11, 12; 4: 2, 
o, we learn that "immediately" after his bap- 
tism he was led into the wilderness and after 
he had fasted forty days and forty nights he 
was- an hungered and the tempter came. 
Christ had come and been baptized and had 
thus far entered upon the work of redeeming 
a lost and ruined world — the sad consequenc- 
es of yielding to temptation in the garden of 
Eden. And as God designed he should be 



not only a chief cornerstone, but also "a tried 
stone," hence the trial of temptation occurred 
at an early date of his mission. Individually 
speaking, at this relative time an opportunity 
is often sought by the adversary while the 
baptized is yet weak. 

As mother Eve's yielding was apparently 
due, in past, to a weakness of appetite, when 
she saw the fruit was good to eat, Satan 
doubtless sought the time when Jesue hun- 
gered, immediately after he had fasted forty 
days and forty nights. And truly if there 
had been any weakness there, it would have 
manifested itself, but, quite to the contrary of 
that of humanity in the garden of Eden, do 
we hear Jesus say, "It is written man shall 
not live by bread alone, but by every word 
that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

In the second place I desire to notice the 
manner in which Christ was tempted. It 
seems the adversary remembered the weak 
points of Eve in which he succeeded in caus- 
ing her to yield, namely, that of her appetite 
and the lust of her eyes. So he first attacks 
the appetite of the Savior, and that, too, at a 
time when, if there had been any weakness, it 
would have shown itself, but not so. Again, 
he taketh him up into an exceeding high 
mountain and showeth him all the kingdoms 
of this world in a moment of time, and said. 
All these will I give thee and the glory of 
them if thou wilt worship me. 

Some say the worldly kingdoms and the 
glory of them do not belong to the adversary. 
It seems that Christ did not dispute what the 
devil claimed, as recorded in Luke 4: 6, 7. 
And the devil said unto him, All this power 
{ias basileias — the kingdoms^ wijiJfc,I give 
thee, and the glory of them, for that is deliv- 
ered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I 
Give it. If thou, therefore, wilt worship me, 
all shall be thine. 

I would that professed Christianity might 
more clearly learn that the kingdoms of the 
world and the glory of them — the pride, am- 
bition, and amusements, are qiiite frequently 
offered as a temptation to those who are weak 
in "the lust of the eye," and that worldly 
glory is the only reward. Christ also over- 
came this temptation by telling Satan, both 
in word and action, "Thou shalt worship the 
Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." 
"Now if any have not the spirit of Christ, he 
is none of his." Rom. 8: 9. 

The manner in whioh the devil tempted 
Christ shows, also, that he desired to have 
him needlessly tempt his Father by casting 
himself down from the pinnacle of the tem- 
ple to which he had been taken. He says, 
"It is written, He will give his angels charge 
concerning thee, and in their hands will they 
bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy 
foot against a stone." It should be observed 
that Satan in making this quotation from Ps. 
91: 11, 12, omits the phrase "in all thy ways," 
which signifies in the path of duty, and thus 
misapplies as well as misquotes, and by so 
doing attempts to have Jesus needlesbly ex- 
pose himself, and thereby tempt both the 
Father and Son. But Jesus again came off 
victorious, and so fully establishes the fact 
that he is now able to help all who are tempt- 



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ed and properly come to him for help. "For 
in that he himself hath suffered," being tempt- 
ed, he is able to succor them that are tempt- 
ed." Heb. 2: 18. 

In the third place we reasonably conclude 
that Satan "is walking about as a roaring lion 
seeking whom he may devour," and that he 
does and will make Ms attacks upon humani- 
ty, in some instances at least, in a similar 
manner. "Watch and pray, that ye enter not 
into temptation." Matt. 26: 41. 

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"WHICH WAY?" /ykf 



BY ALEX. W. REESE. 



"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for 
it is Hot i-uViject to the law of God, neither indeed can 
be."— Rom. 8: 7. 

Somewhat recently a Kansas City daily 
fell into my hands. In looking over its teem- 
ing columns, I was struck with an article 
bearing my caption. It proved to be a "Lect- 
ure" delivered, on the previous Sunday night, 
in Coates' Opera House, before an audience 
of 1200 people. The author of the produc- 
tion was, and is, one of the most notorious 
infidels and blasphemers of modern times. 
I read this "Lejture" — not so much that I 
cared to see whether there was anything new 
in the oft-repeated objections of infidels to 
the truths of the Bible, and the claims of 
the Christian religion — because all these 
have been triumphantly answered a thousand 
times — but to note what impression could be 
made, or what attraction offered, to induce 
1200 people to pay one dollar each for the 
privilege of hearing such sentiments express- 
ed. 

As the "Lecture" progressed, I observed 
frequent interpolations, by the reporter, in 
brackets [applause] [much applause] [great 
applause] And by so much more as the 
speaker grew bolder — more defiant — more 
shocking in his blasphemous tirade — by so 
much the more frequent became these mani- 
festations of applause. 

This awakened a train of reflections in my 
mind as to the probable character, moral and 
otherwise, of such an audience. 

Doubtless, the elite — the wealth, fashion, 
pride — the leaders of style — of the city were 
there! The prices of admission, even the 
place itself, with its magnificent decorations 
and luxurious appointments, would bar the 
entrance into this "charmed circle" of the 
poor, and the humbler classes. 

In all probability, the learaied in worldly 
wisdom — the "scientific" minds of the city 
were assembled in that exclusive and refined 
as8eml>lage. Doubtless, the modern philoso- 
phers of a skeptical turn of mind — the Ma- 
terialists, "Free-thinkers," and Deifiers of 
human reason were there — for infidelity 
prides itself upon its appeal to reason and 
science, as against a blind and unreasoning 
faith in Revelation. 

In point of worldly respectability, then, we 
may safely conclude that the audience, con- 
vened in Coates' Opera House, to hear the 
name of God blasphemed, and the religion 
of his Son scoffed at, and reviled, was all 
that could be desired. The "vulgar herd" 



was excluded by a socieQ law moulded in the 
interests of "the eternal fitness of things." 

Here, then, we may imagine, was an as- 
semblage of wealth, luxury, fashion, style, 
talent, intellect, science- an exclusive and 
"high-toned" audience, priding itself on its 
"advanced thought," and spurning "that 
form of doctrine once delivered to the saints," 
as a weak and childish superstition, unworthy 
of the dignity of human reason: regarding 
the Bible as an ingenious fable, the work of 
man, and the Christian religion as a cunning 
piece of priestcraft. 

It is not within the purpose of the present 
essay, to follow the line of thought present- 
ed in the speaker's remarks. It may be 
briefly stated that real argument there was 
none. No stern array of facts, culled from 
the vast store of recorded human experience 
— profane history — was set over against the 
Divine Authority of the Sacred Word. 

But, of bold and unqualified assertion, 
there was the greatest abundance. What 
was offered as argument was, in fact, a tissue 
of ill-disguised sophistry. For example: as 
antagonistic to the alleged inspiration of the 
Bible — moral, humane, and benevolent senti- 
ments expressed by writers in Pagan ages of 
the world, — superseded the idea of a Divine 
origin for like sentiments expressed in the 
Bible. 

Qaotations from Avicenna, Aristotle, Sen- 
eca, Socrates, Cicero, and other Pagan phi- 
losophers, sages and philanthropists, were 
offered as against the Decalogue and the say- 
ings of Christ. The moral claims of the Bi- 
ble, it was asserted, were such as all men had 
always regarded from the earliest records of 
the human race. 

The bold, defiant, and shocking blasphemy 
of this "Lecture" exceeded anything that I 
had ever previously seen in print. . 
. I remember reading, when a boy, with fear 
and trembling, Lord Byron's drama, "Cain," 
but the moral blackness of that wonderful 
piece of impiety becomes snow itself beside 
the blasphemous utterances of the Coates' 
Opera House "Lecture." 

An eminent American humorist once said : 
"Whenever I see a rattlesnake sticking his 
head out of a hole, I conclude that 'ere hole 
belongs to that 'ere snake, and I give said 
hole a wide berth." 

The sentiment, though couched in some- 
what quaint verbiage, is, nevertheless, emi- 
nently true, and the example of its author is 
worthy of extensive imitation. In its moral 
effect, the Opera House "Lecture" was-^vorse 
than a whole den of rattlesnakes, and a few 
mad dogs thrown in — for good measure. 

Its influence was evil, sensual, devilish. 
If, in that vast audience, a single pure and 
uncontaminated soul had, peradventure, se- 
cured a seat, that soul could scarce escape a 
moral stain. "Can a man take pitch into his 
bosom and not be defiled?" I trow not! 
The honest doubter we may respect — the 
bold and shameless blasphemer we must ab- 
hor. The mere trifler is unworthy of notice. 

But, let us, apart from the consideration 
of the subject matter of the so-called "Lect- 
ure," consider ''the .true inwardness" of the 



speaker, and its reflection in the moral char- 
acter of an audience which could applaud 
such sentiments, after 1800 years of a Chris- 
tian civilization. 

We might say, nd limine, that it is fully 
and concisely set forth in the text, "Because 
the carnal mind is enmity against God," etc. 
— not merely at enmity with God, but the 
very quintessence of enmity itself. The dis- 
tinction, it may be observed, is an important 
one. 

This tells the whole story, written by the 
hand of God himself. And here the verdict 
might safely rest. But, for the benefit of 
those who would make the truth of God a 
lie, let us consider the train of thought some- 
what further. 

Men hate the gospel because the word of 
God condemns their carnal appetites and 
passions, their corrupt practices and their 
unholy lives. And because that word cannot 
be compromised — because its demands upon 
the race are fixed, inexorable, immutable, 
men^eek to evade the force of its obligations 
J2y denying the truth of. "the Record God 
gave of his Son." 

Not only does the word of God condemn 
the coarser vices of mankind, but it is "the 
sword of the Spirit" — it is a discerner of the 
thoughts and intents — the secret purposes of 
the human soul. And it is that which "shall 
judge us in that day, according to the things 
done in the body, whether they be good or 
whether they be bad." No wonder that, un- 
der the stern and inflexible operation of such 
a law, the carnal mind should tremble in view 
of its application, and hate both the law it- 
self and the Divine Author who gave that 
law. 

If, in the august assemblage convened in- 
side the gilded walls of Coates' Opera House, 
the genteel drunkard listened to the fierce 
tide of blasphemy that flowed from the im- 
pious lips of the speaker, he would be one of 
the number, we might naturally conclude, 
who would join in the chorus of applnuse, 
because the word of God declares, that "the 
drunkard shall not inherit eternal life." 

If the extortioner, the whoremonger, the 
covetous person, "who is an idolater," were 
there, all of these, "being in the same con- 
demnation," would be likely to add their 
voices in unqualified expressions of "great 
applause." 

If the aristocratic libertine — the smooth- 
tongued adulterer — the lecher— were in that 
assembly, though "clothed in purple and fine 
linen, and faring sumptuously every day," 
we might expect these to unite in the senti- 
ments of the lecture with "much applause." 

If the thief was a member of that audi- 
ence — not the poor, starving wretch, with the 
glittering teeth of "the wolf at his door," 
who, under the dire force of some lion-like 
temptation, suddenly thrust in his pathway, 
stole the loaf of bread — ^but the gentlemanly 
thief — the kleptomaniac, as he is politely and 
respectfully termed in the "higher walks" of 
perishing clay; one whose crimes are rarely 
punished by the law, because of his financial 
ability to defeat the ends of law: such a char- 
acter would join in the sentiment of "ap- 
plause." 



4: 



THE aOSI^EL MESSEiN^aER. 



The dishonest merchaat, suddenly collaps- 
ing in business, paying his creditors twenty- 
five cents on the dollar — evading the pay- 
ment of his just debts, and yet continuing to 
live in luxury and ease: the swindling bank- 
er, suspending payment, and unblushingly 
closing his doors in the face of the weeping 
widow and the orphans whom he has robbed: 
the defaulting cashier, whose "books will not 
balance," because the funds, taken from his 
employer's till, have been spent on harlots, 
find squandered "in riotous living," and who 
has barely escaped the penitentiary by some 
quibble of the law: the corrupt oflScial, whose 
adroit peculations have plundered the public 
crib: the crooked director, who has fattened 
upon the dishonesi appropriation of entrust- 
ed funds: the shoddy contractor, who has 
swindled the Government by varied nefari- 
ous "operations": all these might be expected 
to cheer the sentiments expressed in defiance 
of the law of God, and marked by the re- 
porter as "prolonged applause." 

If other offenders against the Divine law 
were there, such as the Word defines, — rail- 
ers, revilers, scoffers, oppressors of the poor, 
usurers, liars, scandal-mongers, misers, ef- 
feminate, abusers of themselves with man- 
kind, pleasure-seekers, tale-bearers, mammon- 
worshipers, false witnesses, false accusers, 
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boastful, 
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, 
unthankful, unholy, without natural affec- 
tion, truce-breakers, incontinent, fierce, de- 
spisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, 
high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than 
lovers of God, etc,, etc. (see Rom. 1: 28-32; 
2 Tim. 3: 1-4; Gal. 5: 19-21; Rev. 22: 15),— 
if any, or all such persons constituted part 
and parcel of this select auditory, the report- 
er would be kept tolerably busy, with his 
patent pencil, marking down "great ap- 
plause." 

O, what a spectacle is this! It is a scene 
unworthy of the palmy days of Sodom and 
Gomorrah, those wicked cities of the plain, 
seething and festering in the stench and cor- 
ruption of a moral pollution so foul and 
abominable, that it is "a shame even to speak 
of the things done of them in secret." 

Is this, then, an outgrowth of our boasted 
"civilization"? Is this all that eighteen cen- 
turies of "moral progress" have done for the 
human race? Is this the sum of the "intel- 
lectual grandeur" of the nineteenth century? 
If so, then better the days of Pagan Greece 
and Rome! Better the moral darkness, yet 
intellectual splendor, of the age in which 
Socrates, Plato and Cicero lived and died. 
Better the centuries of time before the name 
of Jesus of Nazareth had fallen upon the hu- 
man ear! More tolerable, in the day of judg- 
ment, for Tyre and Sidon than for us. Their 
crimes were committed in the absence of the 
knowledge of God: our tranegressions with 
the Bible in our hands! They did it "igno- 
rantly, in unbelief"; we "sin against light 
and knowledge." 

What, then, can emanate from the moral 
cesspool of modern infidelity, but evil to the 
human race? If the Bible were, indeed, a 
fable, if the religion of Jesus Christ were 



but a childish superstition, if the hopes of 
the believer were but "an airy nothing and a 
name," — what better prospects remain to us 
from the doctrines of modern skepticism and 
unbelief? , 

What legacy does infidelity bequeath to 
us and to our children? Remove from hu- 
man society the moral restraints of the Bi- 
ble, and what becomes of our boasted "free 
institutions" — what of "the best government 
the world ever saw"? Shatter, with icono- 
clastic hand, the shrines of a nation's faith, 
and what becomes of the proud land of the 
free and the home of the brave"? 

Take away from the soul the hopes of re- 
ligion, and what is left to man? 

"O! if beyond the grave, 
There is no heaven, in whose wide air 
TKe spirit may find room, and in the love 
Of whose bright habitants the lavish heart 
May spend itself, what thrice-mocked fools are we." 
War'venshurg, Mo. 

A PEW THOUGHTS. 



BY JOHN KNISLEY. 



I have received one of Brother D. L. 
Miller's books, giving his and his wife's trav- 
els in Europe, etc. It is just what I have 
wanted long ago. It is a very interesting 
book, and should be in every family, and 
read by every young man and every young 
woman, so as to see and learn how the peo- 
ple have to live and do in Europe, compared 
to what they do here. I will try to sell the 
book, or encourage as many as as I can to 
buy it. I would not take three times what 
it cost and do without it. I also wish all the 
brethren and sisters would take the Gospel 
Messenger. I wish the Messenger could be 
found in every family of the members, in- 
stead of so much unnecessary reading. When 
I traveled to California I inquired after the 
paper going and coming, whenever I got 
among the members, but I did not find it in 
as many houses as I would have liked to. I 
got lonesome, for the Messenger and as long 
as it brings us good gospel news wis should 
all patronize it, for through it we hear from 
our family, the brotherhood. It gives us 
much joy to hear that the members all walk 
in the truth and labor together in love. O, 
let us pray for one another and God will bless 
us to become more united. 

WHAT PUBLIC SPEAKERS SHOULD 
AVOID. 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 



Speaking too Loud, — There is a key that 
is natural to every speaker, and lo rise above 
it is not at all pleasing to the hearer, and ex- 
tremely detrimental to the voice of the speak- 
er. It is a fact that the voice of many of our 
speakers loses its softness and sweetness 
from an over tension of the organs of speech 
by loud speaking. "But," says one, "what are 
we to do when the audience i» large, and we 
can not make the most distant hear; and 
some are sleepy, and we cannot keep them 
awake otherwise?" Let your discourse be of 



such absorbing interest that your audience 
will hear you though you speak in a whisper. 
Besides, a congregation should cultivate the 
faculty of hearing. I once listened to a high- 
ly interesting discourse delivered but little 
above a whisper. Let earnestness take the 
place of loudness. 

2. Speaking too Low.— To fall below the 
natural key is another fault. It betrays a 
want of interest on the part of the speaker. 
It makes but little difference what the theme 
may be, the discourse will be flat, dull, life- 
less, from end to end, when the enunciation 
is low, mumbling, and monotonous. Anoth- 
er fault equally bad, is the habit of letting 
the voice rise and fall by fits and starts. 
Sometimes beginning a sentence in a high 
key, and ending it in a low one, or vice ver- 
sa. 

3. Speaking in a sing-song Tone. — This 
is the worst fault of all. It belongs to the 
educated as well as to the uninstructed in 
the principles of elocution. It may be a nat- 
ural defect; but too frequently it is a habit 
acquired in childhood by a careless manner 
of reading and reciting tasks in the school- 
room. It is likewise frequently acquired by 
studiously copying or imitating others. A 
young speaker being impressed by some 
striking quality in another, may blindly fall 
into his sing-song manner of speaking. I 
knew an educated man in one of the popular 
churches, whose sing-song manner of preach- 
ing was game for the school boys on the 
playground next day. I passed a barn near 
a place of worship, in which barn a number 
of boys were assembled, and one, more mis- 
chievous than the rest, was delivenng an ad- 
dress in a sing-song tone of voice in mockery, 
perhaps, of some pious, well-meaning man. 
Now while those boys needed correction and 
a sound drubbing,, shall we say that that 
speaker was faultless, and let him go unad- 
monished and uncorrected? The fact is, this 
monotonous style of delivery is unnatural. 
We should speak as we talk, in an easy con- 
versational tone of voice. Because we rise 
to speak to more than one, and the distance 
of our hearers requires us to use greater earn- 
estness, distinctness and force, is no reason 
that we should change our voice, lose our 
identity, and fall into a dull, lifeless, mean- 
ingless monotony. 1 venture to say that but 
few public speakers know when they are mo- 
notonous, simply because they never listen 
to their own voice. Try it, and if you discov- 
er anything unnatural in your voice, any tone 
in it, stop speaking, and talk distinctly, talk 
earnestly, but by all means, naturally. 

A brother minister, an intimate friend of 
mine, contracted this habit at an early stage 
of his preaching, and iu addition, the once 
common fault of throwing the interjection 
"ah," between his sentences, and parts of 
sentences. I told him unless he would quit 
the practice he never would latike a public 
speaker. He replied that if he dici, he would 
be obliged to take his seat, as he used them 
them to fill up vacant places, that he might 
be able to catch the next word. But the 
fault evidently arises from speaking too fast. 
We should pause long enough at the end of 



the; oospel m esst^^i^oeh. 



a sentence to take breath and reflect, espe- 
cially if the sentence is long and we know 
not what to say next. 

But after all, the hearers are difl'erently 
gifted as well as speakers, and we must allow 
a little margiQ for variety's sake, and not in 
sist too strong for conformity to the accepted 
rules of propriety in public address. 



TO A YOUNG BROTH KK BEGINNING 
IN THK 3IIN1STRY. , 



BY M. M. ESHELMAN. 



Avoid the conclusion that you are in the 
ranks of the first order of intellectuality; for 
if this thought be not in you, there is hope 
of the improvement of the mind. 

Warm up the oven of your ideas often, but 
not too much. 

Burn the candle of life at one end only, 
for it will thus be consumed soon enough. 

While the mind is expanding with the 
"things of God," see that the affections lin- 
ger not by the wayside. 

If the mind, heart, will and judgment be 
studded with the diamonds of truth, the life 
will contain but few wrinkles and spots. 

Pity humanity, for you cannot subtract 
yourself from it. 

Humanity would move onward were you 
not a part of it, but those around you should 
be the better because you exist among them. 

When you have planted seed, do not leave 
it until you have also watered it from the 
"well of salvation." 

There is but one sword that cuts deep 
enough to receive the oil of gladness into the 
wound, and that is the Word of God. Let it 
not rust in yoi\r hands; keep it "bloody" ajjd 
it cannot rust. 

Aim low: the best results follow where 
there is the greatest mangling. "Bruised 
reeds" are preferable to seedless ones. 

God brings the best blessings into "the 
closet." Shut the door, so that you and your 
Father may not be disturbed by the rabble 
outside. 

Be digit nine if you can; if not then any 
other digit, but zero never! 

A very small boy might pick up the Sword 
of the Spirit aild hold it in his hands, but to 
wield it and cut the llesh and the devil, re- 
quires man's hands. Do not insist that you 
were called merely to keep the sword but to 
use it. Never imbibe the idea that six days 
were made to do physical work only and the 
seventh a little mental labor. If God in rev- 
elation be not studied as in nature, he will 
not be honored as His love demands. 

Get down to the common people in your 
speech — the "chief men" will then also un- 
derstand you. 

Nature is full of apples of gold and dia- 
monds and rubies with which to illustrate 
truths. Use them freely as did your Jews. 

Keep yourself without spot or wrinkle. 

If others throw mud at you, let it dry; then 

rub it off. 

- - — » ♦• — — 

It is a weak argument to set dolhirs against 
the dostiuy of a hamaa soul when it is clear 
that a question of right is involved. 



HEATHKNISM. 



BY CLAUA riTTENGEIi. 



Afteu attending a lecture the other even- 
ing, I WHS very forcibly ini[)ressed with the iin- 
pt)rtiince of having plenty of missionaries in 
field, "for the harvest is great and the labor- 
ers are few." Tlio person who delivered the 
lecture had been n Methodist missionary to 
India. It is certainly horrible, the Avay heath- 
ens do in that far off-land. We thought some 
of the readers of the Messengek would be in- 
terested in reading of some of the ways in 
which they Avorship their God. The women 
are considered of but little value; or, in other 
words, they are looked upon by men as being 
inferior to them, although they must endure 
hardships, which in no wise ould be endur- 
ed l)y American women. In some parts of 
India, their dresses are made of thin cloth, 
perhaps five yards long; they liaA'^e a certain 
peculiar Avay in which they wrap the cloth 
around them, and this constitutes their dress. 

The way in which some of them ornament 
themselves, is certainly wonderful. They 
wear large ear-rings, large nose rings, a gold 
l)i*ce across their forehead, bracelets, some- 
thing very heavy on their arm, and a large 
ornament is worn on each ankle, weighing 
three pounds apiece, the Avliole set weighing 
sixteen poiands. He brought these speci- 
mens with him to show the people. Just 
tliink of all these unnecessary adornments. 
He said, "Brethren and sisters, if you ever 
want to convert those heathens, you must not 
go there with rings on your hands, rings in' 
your ears, wearing bracelets and gold breast- 
l)ins, or they will never take off their much 
heavier jewelry." I would say to all our 
brethren and sisters, let us not be guilty of 
wearing those things, for we read in second 
chapter of 1st Timothy, that "women should 
adorn themselves in modest apijarel, not with 
braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly ar- 
ray." Let us take warning and heed our 
blessed Savior, before it is forever too late. 

He brought a heathen god that had been 
worshiped by thousands and thousands of 
people. You may wonder how he ever came 
in i)ossession of it. It was a great curiosity 
to me. Two lady missionaries went to India. 
They went into a large place, similar to a 
cave, there they saw this god. They thought 
it had been laid to o}ie side for no purpose, 
Ko they picked it up and carried it with them. 
Soon after they left, tlicy heard screaming 
and loud crying. Some one had come to wor- 
sliip tlieir god, and it was gone. Soon more 
cauu! and did the same. The lailies would 
gladly have taken it back, but would not dare 
to; should they, it would be certain" death to 
them. They gave it to this man, and told 
him to bring it to America, and show it to 
(iu> |)enplo. It is quite heavy and is about 
t(Mi inches high and six inches wide. 

They have a large god placed in a car near- 
ly as large as a house. People come to wor- 
shi]) it by the thousands. In their excite- 
ment hundreds of men take hold of the ropes 
and pull it along, sometimes killing men, 
women and children. Some are so sincere 



that they lick up the muddy water, through 
which the wheels of the great car run. In 
some places they care little for old people. — 
They take them, before they are dead, down 
to the Ganges river, throw mud and water in 
their faces till life is exhausted, then take 
them and burn them, and throw the ashes in 
the river. One man made a vow to his god 
that lie would go a distance of eight miles to 
it. How do you think he went? He lay 
down on his face, then got up and put his 
feet where his face was, and lay down again, 
and so continued till he reached the place of 
his god. Just think with what sincerity they 
Avorship those dumb gods. Should Ave not 
take a lesson of sincerity fromtho.se heathens? 
We have a God Avho is a God; Avho created 
the heaA-ens and the earth; brought all things 
into existence, sustains life, and takes it 
away; sends his rain on the just and unjust. 
He it is wlio Avatches over iis in the still hours 
of night, when aa-c are unconscious of all 
around. Should not eA-^ery true Christian, 
every night before he retires, boAv and thank 
God in sincerity and truth? 

Mothers aa'ouM take their innocent babes 
(always girls) and sacrifice them to their god 
by going to the Ganges river and placing 
their dear children in the alligator's mouth, 
to be crushed to pieces. Oh ! that our minis- 
ters Avoiild become aAvakened to their duty, 
and go to that far off-land of India, and teach 
them the true Avay to Avorship God. The 
Methodists are converting many. They say 
when they are converted they are very sin- 
cere. Coiild Ave couA'ert them to our faith ? I 
believe they Avould be as sincere as any 
American brother or sister. He says they 
are Avilling to sacrifice anything, Avhen they 
are couA^erted to the true God. Dear readers, 
I sometimes think the heathens, Avhen con- 
verted, would be more AAilling to go dow;n in- 
to the Avater and be burieil Avith Christ in 
baptism, would be more Avilling to humble 
themselves to Avash each other's feet, would 
take oft" those unnecessary adornments, and 
be more Avilling to obey the blessed Bible, 
than a great many of our enlightened and civ^ 
ilized people. 

AVe are glad Bro. Hope thought it his du- 
ty to go as a missionary to Europe. He has 
established churches there, and is doing a no- 
ble work. May the Lonl bless him and his 
family, and croAvn his labors with success! 
May many more in Denmark and Norway bo 
converted to the true God! May heathenism 
c^ase to exist, and true religion be substitut- 
ed, is my prayer! 

••Those impulses to conduct Avhich, last the 
longest, i\nd are I'ooted the deepest, always 
have their origin near our birth." 



No money is better applied by the author-^ 
ities of state or county than that Avhich pre- 
A'ents crime and abolishes pauperism. In 
certain measures the present cost cannot be 
considered. The amount invested may bring 
returns of profit by saving expense. Just 
money investeil may profit by increasing the 
income. 







THE GOSI^EL^MESSENCIEH. 



AT EASE IX ZIOX. 



BY J. S. MOHLER, 



"Woe to thein that are at ease in Zion.'' — Amos 0: 1. 

The language of the prophet implies a 
state of religious indifference among God's 
people. Oar organism is such that sin is 
constantly lurking about us, seeking power. 
For this reason Christ says, "And what I say 
unto you I say unto all. Watch." Mark 13: 
37. To retain our Christian integrity, we 
need to exercise unceasing vigilance. In 
fact, our condition in all the departments of 
life is such that we are either going up-hill 
or down-hill all the while. To go up-hill, 
physically, mentally, or morally, requires an 
effort, strength, and perseverance. But if we 
sit down, at ease, we will surely glide down- 
hill. 

The farmer who sits in the shade, in the 
heat of the day, or lies late in bed, taking 
his ease, will beg in harvest. The merchant 
who neglects to post his books, and is easy as 
to whom he trusts or when he is paid, will 
inevitably fail. The pupil who is easy in 
his studies will never attain to much excel- 
lence. The young man and woman who are 
easy in their habits will surely contract some 
bad ones. There is no excellence, no success, 
no greatness, without untiring diligence, con- 
stant labor, and unceasing watchfulness. To 
go up-stream, we need to use both oars, and 
row hard, and then we only go by inches; 
but to go down- stream, we can lay the oars 
in the boat, and take our ease, and the boat 
will go down with the current of itself. 

The prophet, in the chapter in which our 
text occurs, refers to a class of persons who 
fatted on the spoils wrongfully taken from 
others; who stretched themselves on beds of 
ivory, and took their ease, caring little for 
truth, justice, mercy, or the honor of God's 
house. Their whole aim was self-indulgence, 
self-gratification, self-ease. It was the mean- 
est kind of selfishness. The man that loves 
ease is always selfish. He will not move a 
finger, if he can help it, to bear the burden 
of another. He cares not in the least to 
help smooth the rugged path of life for his 
fellow- beings. Such a person, though he 
may have a name in the church, is as anti- 
christian in spirit as the vilest sinner. 

The language of the prophet is as applica- 
ble to Zion now as it was in days of old. The 
ease of those in our modern Zion is a fruit- 
ful source of many of the evils in the church. 
If we were all diligent; if we were all watch- 
ful and zealous, we would manifest a vigor 
of spiritual growth and power in the church 
and the community, that would be more ef- 
fectual iu converting the world, than the 
ablest sermons that have ever been preach- 
ed. But we are too easily satisfied with a 
little religion. We follow Christ afar off. — 
We do not care for an "abundant entrance" 
if we can only have a little entrance. We 
are not particular about a loaf, if we can get 
a few crumbs; this spirit of ease clings too 
much to all of us. 

The causes that lead to this indifference 
are various. 



One gets offended a little, just because the 
church does not decide to suit him or her; 
hence concludes he will stop a while and 
look on — take his ease — see how things will 
go; is not particular to attend preaching, un- 
less the weather, the roads, and the team are 
just to suit him; forgetting that his boSt is in 
the midst of the stream, and is going down. 

Another cause is, neglect of secret prayer 
and family worship. Iniquity is beginning 
to abound, and their love is waxing cold. To 
retire to secret prayer and erect the family 
altar is too much trouble for them; they 
would rather take their ease spiritually, by 
minding worldly things. 

Still another cause is worldly-mindedness. 
Prospering in worldly things, their minds en- 
grossed with the cares that riches impose, 
and their hearts satisfied with the pleasures 
that their wealth affords them, they sit down 
at ease in Zion, like the Laodiceans of old, 
who imagined, through their blindness (im- 
posed by their riches), that they were in 
need of nothing, and were at ease in Zion, 
and knew not that they were wretched, and 
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 

May the Lord enable us all to redouble 
our diligence, to make our calling and elec- 
tion sure, and not sit down at ease, till the 
great battle is over, and we retire from the 
contest, crowned with victory. 

FOUNDATION TRUTHS. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



To Br oilier Hilde E. Sutton, of Virginia: — 

"I have yet many things to say unto 
you, but ye cannot bear them now." This 
Caveat is as pertinent now as eighteen cen- 
turies ago. But some things Christ had to 
say, there and then, bear them or not. Hu- 
man nature is the same now as ever, and it 
will bear the whole truth only as it comes in- 
to the fact embodied by incarnate Deity. 
"The Truth as it is in Jesus," may in the ab- 
stract be the delight of the philosopher and 
scientist, but it is salvation only when it 
means consciousness and character. I an- 
nounce the truth is far from I am the truth. 
That can be done by devils; this is possible 
only to God and His Elect. God is. This 
is His essential Name — "I AM." Out of this 
springs every term applied to Him in the Bi- 
ble. "I am" &"consu7ning fire," eiuA "I am" 
"Emmanuel." Man is, because God is. In 
these four axioms are involved the vast prob- 
lems with which the entire economy of God 
deals. The correlations of these facts em 
brace all the details about which there is so 
much controversy among us, and concerning 
which there is so much ignorant and empty 
wrangling. In the Person and Life of Christ, 
the whole truth is harmonized. To kuow 
Him is tp be as He is. He was Emmanuel 
before he could reason on the constitution of 
His Person. His consciousness of Divinity 
informed His reason, not vice versa. A logi- 
cal Christ may do for Plato, but He cannot 
save a single soul. God not only is, but He 
is ilius. Truth has a side for reason, but is 
primarily wedded to love. Man, as the im- 



age of God, has his crown of life in perfect 
accord with God, essentially and circumstan- 
tially. God remained in the flesh long enough 
to reveal the relations and circumstances in 
which the Divine Ideal is to be realized. He 
introduced no new principles- or laws, but elu- 
cidated and emphasized what is common in 
the upper realm. When we pray "Thy king- 
dom come; thy will be done on earth as it is 
done in Heaven," we simply implore for the 
individual and general repetition of what 
Christ fully exemplified in His Incarnation. 
"O fools and slow of heart to believe" is still 
the rebuke of our Redeemer. Quibbling and 
quarreling may hurt us, but the truth re- 
mains truth. The essential relation of God 
to our nature in His infleshing, is the domi- 
nation of the whole compass and outcome of 
humanity. Religion is not any man's notion 
or emotion, nor any Pope's bull, nor bishop's 
edict, nor any council's decision. All these 
may have their uses as matters of expediency. 
But back of all expedients. Divine and hu- 
man, is God as the / am, and Man as His 
miniature. At-one-ment was the sweet and 
glorious fact of Creation, and must needs be 
the central truth of all tliat God has done 
since our fall. And this lies too deep for ev- 
en Christendom in the main. All cultivation 
of human nature in its capacities and rela- 
tions apart from the great foundation truth, 
only renders its salvation so much more dif- 
ficult and problematical. "Seek first the 
kingdom of God and His Righteousness." 
"Not many wise men after the flesh, not many 
mighty, not many noble, are called." "Knowl- 
edge puffeth up." A confident persuasion of 
the reason of things is in numberless instan- 
ces an insurmountable barrier to the faith of 
Christ. If we rightfully bear all the literary 
titles the world ever conferred, they must all 
be laid aside, and all learning and logic must 
retire and admit the little child's unquestion- 
ing trust to the front. Such faitli re-opens 
the channel by which all the fullness of God 
enters for the evolution of our possibilities 
as the redeemed offspring of God. The rela- 
tion of Emmanuel to humanity and its sin is 
precisely that into which faith puts us. The 
life of God in the flesh must be in opposition 
to the whole tenor of the natural life, or the 
cross has no justification whatever. No iia- 
tion on earth is without a sense of accounta- 
bility to a superior Power. Some may sink 
below the knowledge of a Personal Governor, 
but the conviction of a Grea Unknown Some- 
thing remains. Whatever can tliink the right 
as preferable to the wrong, thereby acknowl- 
edges the Divine existence. Animals gore 
and horn and hoof each other by instinct of 
passion. But no savage can hurt or wrong 
his fellow and excite his auger without awak- 
ening in connection an ethical element. You 
have icronged me is the' feeling of human nat- 
ure under unjust treatment in all climes and 
ages and circumstances. The foundation-idea 
of the Incarnation sustains the same relation 
to our necessary conviction as the being of 
God. Simply to be human is to believe in 
something Higher than self. All moral con- 
sciousness transcends itself. Denial of this 
is the boldest atheism. Another truth, equals 



THE) OOSP»EJ. MESSENOER. 



7 



ly cardinal, grounded in the nature of things, 
is that our regeneration, or new-making, by 
the incoming of God, requires the conviction 
that we now sustain the same relation to the 
world, and sin, and self, as God does. This 
is the point which the Christian centuries 
have so fcadly missed, and to which Christen- 
dom is generally blinded to-_day. Just like 
God, as He has displayed Himself in the Son 
of Man — this is Christianity. To lose sight 
of this, and yet claim to be Christian, is ba- 
bel. There is enough in the fact of God in 
Christ to fill all our papers and pulpits till 
the Second Advent. He is Alpha and Ome- 
ga, and to believe or teach any thing else is 
chaff. He that has not a consciousness in re- 
lation to the flesh the same as that of Em- 
manuel, is not born of the Spirit. To be a 
Christian and be void of the consciousness of 
such a fact, is impossible. All life is its own 
attestation. As human n^iture has an inhe- 
rent conviction of relation to a higher Being, 
so regeneration, or the inbeing of Christ as 
our new life, gives us a sense of antagonism 
to all that belonged to our sin-life, which is 
nothing else than the mind of God as the es- 
sence and director of our consciousness. No 
one was ever born of God without this sense 
of separateness from the world, which was 
the salient feature in the life of Emmanuel. 
As no one can be rationally human without 
the necessary conviction that a generic gulf 
lies between him and the lower orders of be- 
ing, so no one can be the shrine of Deity, and 
have his entire personality possessed and 
swayed by the Divine Sovereignty, without 
the necessary sense of a complete disruption 
of all that interests the flesh as the equiva- 
lent of the life that called for the Incarna- 
tion. This ust be insisted on if we are to 
.be joint- heirs with Christ. All the pleas for 
liberty of the flesh are grounded in a virtual 
denial of the necessity of the infleshing of 
God. If the flesh in its carnal promptings is 
to be spared with impunity, the crucifixion is 
a farce. To ignore essential truth is to fight 
against God. Emmanuel is "the express im- 
age of the Divine Person"; and the order in- 
to which He was incarnated, and the forms 
of life He expressed therein, were of Divine 
origination. He was a Law- bound Person, 
yet perfectly free in His self-limitations, be- 
cause Holiness wants no larger freedom. No 
one can be elevated into the Divine conscious- 
ness by the incoming of His life, without nat- 
urally coming into the limitations of Christ 
in relation to the world and self. "Looking 
nnto Jesus" will soon reveal any irregularity 
or abnormality of desire or deportment. Con- 
formity to Emmanuel absolutely forbids con- 
formity to the world in so far as this is the 
product of the carnal mind. Opposite prin- 
ciples cannot by any possibility have co-equal 
regnancy. 

"No man can serve two masters." But 
while the consciousnees of likeness to God 
necessarily signifies uulikeness to the world, 
and is a foundation truth of religion, it does 
not, as a matter of course, dtifine the form of 
separation in all particulars. This is deter- 
mined partly by the world itself, and partly 
by circumstances in the religious corporation 



and the individual life. The/«c/ of separate- 
ness is fundamental, while the mode is under 
various regulative influences. 

The dress question is at root always the 
same, but varies in expression according to 
the fluctuations of customs and opinions. 
Whatever the changes are, the demands of 
the cross are immutable. The fact and sense 
of separateness from the world, and the cru- 
cifixion of the flesh, are abiding factors m 
the Christian life. To deny the radical con- 
sciousness of the new life which is the basis 
of this distinction, is to stand on the same 
ground in relation to the Incarnation, as that 
occupied by the atheist in relation to the Di- 
tine existence. Without this we cannot be 
men, and without that we cannot be Chris- 
tians. It is impossible to believe in God as 
Christ did, and leave a single act of life out 
of conscious relation to Him. Expediency 
must have reference to the Divine character 
before it admits of application to any partic- 
ular end. It must get its warrant wholly 
from its inoffensive relation to the central 
principle without which Christianity would 
have no existence because there would be no 
Christ. Nothing is harmless that conflicts 
with this principle. 

"Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out 
of it are the issues of life," says Solomon. 
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and 
desperately wicked, who can know it?" says 
Jeremiah. "He that trusteth to his heart is 
a fool," says the wise man again. We must 
have an objective standard, hut one, and that 
as high as God who is also Man in Emman- 
uel. With this the Church has to deal as 
well as the individual. The church is not 
designed primarily either for making law& or 
enforcing those made by God, but for the 
corporate development and enjoyment and 
dissemination of the life of God in the flesh. 
And this is her mission to day if she would 
only know it. If we were all as directly re- 
lated to the Sun of Righteousness as the rays 
of light are to the material orb, we would be 
rightly related to each other. We would 
shine, singly and conjointly, and both church 
and world would be blest. "Am I my broth- 
er's keeper?" would give way to the grand 
foundation truth of the cross — utter self-sac- 
rifice for others, even for enemies. The deep- 
est thought and feeling of God finds expres- 
sion on Golgotha; and the state of Christen- 
dom is painful proof that only a few have 
ears to hear. Had Jesus done as most of 
His professed followers do, the mystery of 
the Incarnation and Crucifixion had never 
been known. O for another Pentecost. 



WISDOM, 



BY E. A. ORR. 



Timothy was a shrewd youth. He was 
not ashamed to be found often on the knee 
or by the side of his mother and grandmoth- 
er. O, that all grandmammas, mammas and 
sous were more like this trio! Timothy was 
a pupil of that grand old teacher, Paul. One 
of the adages of this old teacher was, "J?e 
wise as serpents." 1 might say that the very 



atmosphere that surrounded Paul was satu- 
rated with this sentiment. 

See what a stir he made among the old Bi- 
bles down at Berea! Moses and the proph- 
ets had been neglected. "The children of 
the world were wiser than the children of 
the kingdom." New light is come; their ig- 
norance is made manifest. They are asham- 
ed of their stupidity. They go in search of 
wisdom; it must be had at all hazards. Is it 
in a foreign land? No, It is nigh; "even in 
thy mouth" — at least, the word of wisdom ia 
on thy table. 

To the Scriptures the Bereans resort, and 
not in vain. Timothy, too, comes to the same 
never-failing source of wisdom, because he 
hears his teacher say, they "are able to 
make thee wise unto salvation." Here is just 
where he shows himself to be a shrewd boy. 
He did not choose worldly wisdom, nor to be 
wise unto money, but he wanted to be "wise 
unto salvation." This wisdom unto salvation 
is peculiar in this, that when you get it, you 
get all: but when you lose it, you lose all. — 
Timothy is no dull boy. He sees this, and 
chooses wisely — chooses for eternity. 

Suppose that I know a process by which I 
can accumulate small lights for three-score 
and ten years, sufficient to make a great light 
— a light by which I can see everything per- 
taining to this ball on which we sojourn and 
that I know also that at the end of the time 
my eyes are to be plucked out. 

Suppose, again, I know another process by 
which, if I get a certain light — call it small 
or great — I will get all other lights, small 
and great, and, at the same time, get more 
searching eyes — eyes that can never be put 
out. 

Again, and once more, suppose that I know 
I am to choose, in this life, the one or the 
other of these processes, or forever lose all. 
What would I do? What would be wise to 
do? You say: "Choose the oiie light, and 
choose it now." 

That light is "Jesus the Christ, the Son of 
the living God." Timotliy chooses this light, 
this wisdom. Time is given you to cboose 
this wisdom, and eternity to attain to all oth- 
er wisdom. This wisdom is not given in the 
"traditions of the elders," but in the Script- 
ures. "Search them." 

Mt. Morris, III. 

^ ■ — 

Our Lord frequently enjoined watchful- 
ness; he impressed it as an imperative need 
of humanity; he linked it with prayer, and 
yet Christians do not seem to feel their abso- 
lute need in this direction. The human 
heart is so prone to evil, there are so many 
^nares in the way, and the enemy of souls is 
BO artful and deceitful that there is no secur- 
ity without constant watchfulness. The 
Christian knows that he must pray, but he is 
too apt to overlook his obligation to watch, 
and this neglect often results in his fall. — 
"Watch, therefore." ^ "Watch and pray." 
"What I say to you, I say to all, Watch." — 
"Watch thou in all things." 



There were never in the world two opin- 
ions alike, no more than two hairs or two 
grains. The most universal quality is diver- 
sity. 



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NOTICE. 



Knowing sometliing of the perplexities, 
the peculiar trials, and the responsibilities 
resting on the editor, Ave have, with consider- 
able reluctance, consented to take charge of 
the editorial work of this office for a short 
time. AVe do this with a full sense of our 
weakness and inexi^erience, and because of 
this we bespeak for our labors the charity of 
our readers and the prayers of our brethren 
and sisters, that we may have divine guidance 
so that we may faithfully and honestly per- 
form the responsible duties devolving upon 
us. 

Our only purpose is to labor for the truth 
fis it is in Jesus, and if in our htimble way 
we can help to promote love, haritiony, peace 
and good-will, in the Brotherhood; and attain 
to a holier life, and a higher Christian expe- 
rience ourself, — whilst we try to help others 
(mward and upward in the Christian life, — 
we shall feel that we have not labored in 
vain. 

If we make mistake.s — andwhoisi^erfect? — 
please tell us kindly of our errors and we 
sliall try, by the help of God, to correctthem. 
Our be.st friends are those who tell us of our 
faufts and help us to get rid of them. 

^^'e sincerely regret the necessity that takes 

brotlier J. B. Brumbaugh away from the 

work, nuil from among us. We shall miss 

him and sister Ella from our religious and 

social circle. They are both earnest, zealous, 

Chri.stiaii 'worker.s, antb their influence will be 

felt for good wherever they may go. During 

thoir stay liero tbey. made many warm friends 

and the be.st wishes of all go with them to 

their home in Huntingdon. 

D. L. Miller. 



KEXEAV YOLK SUBSCRIPTION. 

We send this number of the Mes- 
senger to many of our old sub- 
scribers who have not yet reneAved their siib- 
scriptious. If you want the weekly visits of 
our paper, and we trust you do, for 1885, send 
in your renewal at once. Unless this is done 
we shall have to drop your name from our 
list, and this we shall be sorry to do. We 
need your support and help to make the pa- 
per a success. Please attend to this at once. 



Bro. Geo. ZoUers is holding forth the 
word of truth near Panora, loAva. 



Seventeen Avere added to the chiTrch in 
the Buck Grove* congregation, Ind., recently. 



Time, the great destroyer of other men's 
happiness, only enlarges the joys and hopes 
of the child of God. 



If you wish to read the Bible through this 
year, commence noAV and read three chapters 
daily and five on the Sabbath. 



The brethren at Ephrata, Pa., have been 
refreshed by a visit from Bro. J. M. Mohler. 
Six Avere added to the church by baptism. 



Let us make the neAV year a happy and 
prosperous one by dedicating ourseh^es, and 
all that Ave have to the service of the Lord. 



We have received airorder Avith ten cents 
for an Almanac, but no name or post-office 
address appears in the letter. Who sent it? 



During the last tAvo weeks, in December, 
more money Avas spent for toys than Avas giv- 
en for Christian mission Avork for the entire 
year. 

Bro. a. I, Miller's address is changed from 
Carthage, Mo., to Box 46, Avilla, Jasper Co., 
Mo. Corresijondents will please make a note 
of this. 

Bro. Daniel Vanimaii has been preaching 
for tlie brethren at South English, la. Three 
Avere baptized, aiid others stand near the 
kingdom. 

"Write it on your heart that every day is 
the best day in the year. No man has learn- 
ed anything rightly, until he kuoAVS that ev- 
ery day is doomsday." 



Bro. Henry Johnson, of Buchanan, Mich., 
Avants to knoAV the address of Christian Myers 
or Barbara Wibel. Thinks they live in Henry- 
Co., 111. Who will send the addresses to 
him? 

Bro. Samuel Sprankle, of Now Berlin, O., 
is. now in the mission field at Avork for the 
Master. He Avill labor principally in Nortli- 
eastern Ohio. May the Lord bless our dear 
brother's labor, ami give him many souls for 
his hire. 

f Over two hundred and fifty Avere received 
into the church by ])aptism, in Augusta and 
Rockingham counties, Va., in 1884. Surely 
the brethren in these two counties have en- 
joyed a time of refreshing from the presence 
of the Lord. 



Bro. Hutchinson is meeting Avith success 
in his missionary labor in Arkansas. He re- 
ports nine accessions bj' baptism. May the 
Lord bless the good Avork. 



Brother Jesse Calvert is again at Water- 
loo, loAva. He is meeting Avith much encour- 
agement in his labors among the churches. 
At last reports three had been baptized and 
more are almost persuaded. 

We should be careful about our habits of 
thinking. Evil thoughts should not be suf- 
fered to lodge in our heads. The mind may 
be controlled, and Avith it our thoughts, for 
even they are heard in lieaA-en. 



Bro. J. D. Haixghtelin and S. Badger haA-e 
recently been at Avork in the mission field, in 
Iowa.' Bro. H. goes to Missoiiri Dec. 23. — 
That is right, brethren, for the harvest truly 
is great, but the laborers are few. 

Bro. John Wise has been laboring for the 
brethren in the Miami Valley, and reports 
come of good meetings and much interest in 
the i^reaching. The members are being 
strengthened and the church built up. 

Some of our sisters are sending in good, 
large lists, and we find that they make good 
agents. Last year a good sister sent in eigh- 
teen names, saying, "I gathered these after 
your regular agent had comx5leted his list. 

The Washington Monument, Avhich has 
just been completed, is the highest structure 
in the Avorld. It is 555^ feet high. The cor- 
ner-stone was laid in 1848, and the caji stone - 
was placed in position Dec. 6, 1884. The i 
monument cost over a million dollars. -^ 



Chicago has 3,777 licensed drinking sa- 
loons, or one saloon to about every thirty-five- 
families. If a measure could be taken of the 
misery, Avoe and human suffering causetl an- 
nually by these rum shops in this great city 
of the Avest, even temperance A\'orkers Avould 
be astonished. Hoav long, hoAv long, shall 
this great evil curse our fair land ? 



We hope our agents Avill make an extra ef- 
fort to extend the circulation of the Messen- 
ger. It should find a place in e\'ery famih^ 
in the Brotherhood. We are much encour- 
aged, as many of our Avorkers are sending in 
good lists, and many kind Avords are borne to 
us by the mail. We thank our friends for 
their kind, helpful words, and our agents for 
their energy in securing subscribers for the 
Messenger. May God's blessing attend our 
labors for this year of grace, 1885. 



The members of your family Avill read, 
and it is your duljy, as parents, to supply 
them Avith good reading matter. Reading 
helps to form character. Some one said, 
"Show me a man's friends, and I Avill tell you 
Avhat kind of a man he is," and Ave may say 
with equal truth and force, show us the bof)ks 
and i)ai)ers a man reads, and Ave will give you 
an index to his character. It is important, 
then, that you give to your sons and daugh- 
ters pure literature. Good books and good 
papers Avill help them to be good men and 
Avomen. 



THK aOBPKT. MKSBEKCiEPv. 



) 



Bbo. >S. T. BosseniKiu is enjoying the mild 
climate of the sunny soiitli, and we are glad 
to note, Bro. "Sftmmy" is im])roving in health. 
Hope he will continue to gain strength, and 
that he may soon be i*estored to usefulness 
in the church and work of the Lord. 



Be careful in your reading. Do not read 
the Bible through just for the purpose of 
boasting of it. Careless readiug is a fatal 
error to fall into. Unless you think upon, 
and digest, and assimilate Avhat you read, 
you will soon becomie a mental dyspeptic. 

We rejoice with the brethren of the Broad- 
fording congregation, Washington Co., Md., 
that a time of refreshing has come to them, 
from the Lord. Ten were baptized and the 
members made stronger. This church was 
for many years our home, and we have a warm 
place in our lieart for the dear old home 
church. 

Let \is labor this year and all the days* of 
the years of our lives for the peace and the 
prosperity of oiir beloved Zion. Union, peace 
a] id harmony should dwell forever among the 
people of God. Where this is lacking, some- 
thing is wrong; not with our holj^ religion but 
with ourselves. God help us to get right and 
to keep right. 

AVe have just received a full supply of 
Hymn Books and Hymnals, and can now fill 
all orders promptly. Our Hymnals should 
be in every meeting-house in the ]3rother- 
hood. Becently the brethren placed three 
dozen in the College Chapel, and they are 
now used regularly in Sund.ay-school, pray- 
er-meeting and chapel exercises. 



OxE day last week, wlien the mercury stood 
20" below zero, we received a letter from Bro. 
Moore, in which he said, "To-day the children 
are playing outdoors barefoot, and I am writ- 
ing in my oflice with door and windoANS open 
with the thermometer at 75' above." To read 
your letters, Bro. John, whilst we are shiver- 
ing here in the North, makes us feel like 
moving to Florida. 



Bho. 8. S. Mohler has returned from the 
Mission field in Texas. He reports good in- 
terest, and an excellent opportunity to work 
for the cause of the Master. Three Avere 
baptized, and a chiirch organized during his 
stay with the brethren. We liave an inter- 
esting report from him to the General Mis- 
sionary Committee, which will, in all [)raba- 
bility, appear in the.se columns after it has 
been submitted to the Board, at tiieir quar- 
terly meeting on the 6th inst. 



Bito. Moore ]-oqu(>sts us to state that a love- 
feast will be held in the brethren's meeting- 
house at Keuka, Florida, on the 29th of this 
month. This will be the first love-feast held 
by the brethren in Florida, and is thus ])ub- 
licly announced so that those in the North 
who think of visiting the South this winter, 
may go in time for the feast if they wish to 
do so. 

A NUMBER of articles, under the head of 
"What think ye of Christ?" appeared in the 
Gospel Messengei!, during the past year, 
from the pen of our ])rother, B. F. Moomaw. 
There is now a request that these letters bo 
printed in tract form, for general circulation. 
Bro. M. has set forth the truth in an able, 
and convincing manner, and his work is well 
worth preserving in pamphlet form. AVe 
hope to see it so i)reserved. Those of our 
readers who have given Bro. M's. letters a 
careful perusal, will please express their 
A'iews as to the proposed pamphlet. 



JOHN WYCLIl FE. 



We have before us the last number of the 
H(']j>in(/ TIdndit, for 1884. This paper is 
published in the interest of the poor and 
hol])loss ()ri)lians that are being gatliered uj) 
and cared for by brother I). Emmert, at 
Huntingdon, Pa., and Hagorstown, Md. Bro. 
Emmert has sufienul much from sickness 
during the year, and we extend to liim our 
heartfelt sym])athy. We hojje many of our 
readers will subscribe I'or the Hi'lpin;/ 
Hdndfi. Price 50 cents a year. Address D. 
Emmert, Hagerstown, Md. 



It is the common lot of humanity to die 
and be forgotten. "Man goeth to his long 
home" and hisnameisnotremembered among 
men. This may be set down as a general 
rale, but there are exceptions to it. Some 
men's names live in history, and on account 
of the good they have done, grow brighter as 
the centuries pass away. Five hundred years 
ago on the last day of the year just closed, 
died John Wycliffe, the "morning star of the 
reformation." He was more than that, for 
withoiit a Wycliffe we would not have had a 
Hus, and without a Hus, Luther would have 
lived and died an \inknown monk of Erfurt. 
It was Wycliffe 's Avritings that first aroused 
the great soul of John Hus to take a stand 
against the corruptions of Rome. And it Avas 
Hus' book of sermons that first touched Lu- 
ther. While studying at Erfurt a book of 
the sermons of Hus fell into his hands. He 
says: "I Avas filled Avitli curiosity to learn 
Avhat so great a heretic had taught.. I Avas 
terribly sur])rised as I read. I Avas at a loss 
to imagine Avhy they had burned so great a 
man; one Avho expounded the Scriptures Avith 
such penetration and AAisdom. Yet as his 
very name was an abomination, I closed the 
book, Avith sorrow of heart, fearing the sun 
nright be darkened and the lieaA-ens might 
fall should I venture' to speak of it." This 
proved to be the entering Avedge tliat in a feAv 
years pi'oduced such Avonderful results. Lu- 
ther, having the example of Hus, the disci- 
ple of Wycliffe, avIio braveil the council of 
Constance, ami Avas burned at the stake, stood 
firmly before the Emperor at A\\)rms anil es- 
caped the fate of his master. The Protestant 
reformation Avas estal)lish(Hl, and Luther's 
name Avill ahvays be associated Avith it. But 
the names Hus and WyclifVe should at least 
stand side by side with his. 

•lohn Wycliffe was born in YorLshire, Eng- 
land, in tlie year 1824, and died Dec. 81st, 



13S4. He was a professi)r of theology in Ox- 
ford UniA^ersity, and it was here that he took 
a decided stand against the church of Rome 
and in favor of primitive Christianity. He 
translated the Bible from the Latin Vulgate 
into the English. This Avas before the inven- 
tion of printing, and by the help of his pupils 
and friends, many copies of the Avork Avere 
transcribed. He was summoned before a 
council for heresy, but no sentence Avas pass- 
ed against him. He Avas allowed to pass the 
last days of his life in peace. But thirty 
years after his death and burial the council 
of Constance, the same that condemned Hus 
to the stake, ordered that his bones be taken 
up from consecrated grounds and cast on a 
dunghill. This order Avas finally carried out 
in 1428, forty-four years after his death, when 
his bonos Avere taken up, burned to ashes, and 
throAvn into a branch of the river Avon. 

The General Church Erection and Mission- 
ary Committee Avill meet on the Otli inst., in 
Mount Morris. Some imi^ortant business 
Avill come before the Committee. The build- 
ing of a meeting-house in North Deimiark, 
Avith calls from the general mission field Avill 
receive attention. May the Lord giA'e Avis- 
dom so that great good may come^ from the 
expenditure of the means intrusted to the 
Committee. 



"The earth is the Lord's and the fulness 
thereof; the AA-orld and they that dAvell there- 
in," and so let us not think Avhen Ave give for 
the spreading of the gospel that Ave are (jir- 
iiuj (tints. The Lord, in his fullness, has no 
need of alms. We are sinqjly returning to 
him an exceedingly small portion of the 
world's goods with Avhich he has so abun- 
dantly blessed us. We are only stewards of 
the Lord's bounty, and Ave may rest assured 
that he will reqirire an account of our stew- 
ardship. My brother, how are you usijig the 
means Avhich God has placed in your hands? 
Each one can ansAver best for himself, and it 
Avill be AA'ell if aab ask ourselves this ques- 
tion noAV and prepare to ansAvei- it wjien the 
Lord himself shall ask it. 



Many of the churches have responded to ' 
the call of Annual Meeting for means to 
spread the gospel, and to further the cause 
of })rimitive Christianity. In many church- 
es the apostolic plan of laying aside, upon 
the first day t>f the Aveek, a certain sum of 
money for the Lord, is being put mio prac- 
tice, and it is fcnind tt> Avork very Avell. In- 
deed, Ave may always be sure that the teach- 
ings of Christ and the aj)ostles are intended 
to reach the practical, ^vei-y-ilay life of the 
Cliristian. But Avhile many of the churches 
liave respondeil, and some of tliem quite lib- 
erally, many have not yet been lieard from at 
all. Come, brethren, are you to have no lot 
or i)art in this great Avork of the Lord? Re- 
mend>er that all that you have in this Avorld, 
comes from the hand of tlio all l)ountiful 
Fathei, and do not forget that the Lonl hx>ks 
after his oAvn. 



lO 



THE aOSr*EI. MESSEISraEIl. 



CHARITY NEEDED. 



St. Bernard tells of an old man who, when 
he saw a fellow-mortal fall into sin, wept and 
lamented for him. Being asked why he 
grieved for others, he answered, "He fell to- 
day; I may fall to-morrow." This was cer- 
tainly a very good way to look at the faults 
of others, and if there were more of this dis- 
position among us, as Christians, there would 
be less fault-finding and much more charity. 
When a Christian brother makes missteps 
or falls, it is not a matter that should excite 
censure, but pity. Were it not for God's 
grace, who among us could stand ? If we are 
fortunate enough to have the sustaining grace 
of God, is that any reason why we should 
boast or think ourselves better than our 
brother? We may very suddenly fail of this 
grace. Then, too, we may not have any larg- 
er share of it than our brother who fails. We 
may have grace sufficient to overcome the 
temptation that caused his downfall, but it 
may be simply because we are not tempted 
so strongly in this special direction. Had a 
temptation of a different form been presented, 
-we would have failed. The best of Christians 
have nothing of which they can boast, and in 
view of this, the Apostle Paul gave the warn- 
ing, "Let him that thinketh he standetb, take 
heed lest he fall." We have heard Christians 
say they have lost all confidence in certain 
brethren. Why? Simply because they have 
made some errors, or have failed to come up 
to their ideas of right. It is true when our 
brethren are guilty of immoral conduct, and 
are not willing to confess their faults, we 
have a right to lose confidence. We are to 
judge the tree by the fruit, and when breth- 
ren pursue a wrong course, and persist in fol- 
lowing it, we know they have fallen from 
grace. What we have reference to is the 
faults that we commit through weakness, — 
the besetting sins. We all have these. There 
are none that can hold up clean hands and 
say, I am free. The brother who makes these 
faults his study, and employs his tongue in 
evil rumor, has failed to comprehend his own 
weakness and has not, practically, learned 
the duty of bearing one another's burdens. 
Faith is great; hope is great; but greater than 
either or both of these is charity. Right 
here is where so many fail. They do not 
have that charity that suffereth long and 
thinketh no evil. J. B. B. 



CHltlST A LABORING MAN. 



Of the vast number of beings born into the 
world, only one has ever had any opportuni- 
ty to make choice, beforehand, of his lot or 
station in life. This being was Christ, and 
he chose to be a working man. How differ- 
ent might have been his choice, and how un- 
like bis would have been ours had we had 
the power to select. Christ might have chos- 
en Bome noted profession; he might have 
been born amid wealth and luxury, but in- 



stead of this, he comes as a poor, laboring 
man — so poor that he had not so much as 
where to lay his head. He was a carpenter, 
and as Mary and Joseph were in humble cir- 
cumstances, he likely began to work at his 
trade early in life. We imagine we see him 
at work with saw and plane, his hands, face, 
and clothes, all indicating that he was a work- 
ing man. Then, too, one cannot help think- 
ing what kind of a workman he was. He was 
a perfect type of honesty. There was no 
slighting of job, no hiding blunders and var- 
nishing over defects. Everything was done 
right. His word was sacred. There were no 
disappointments. All promises were fulfill- 
ed. 

Let ihe Christian who professes to take 
Christ as his example, learn a lesson. No 
one who takes Christ as his example will 
slight his work, waste time or material, or 
violate his promise. How many persons 
bring reproach on the cause they represent, 
by dishonesty in their business relations! 
Paul had this in mind when he exhorted 
Christian servants to "show all good fidelity 
that they may adorn the doctrines of God our 
Savior in all things." 

Another lesson we learn from the fact that 
Christ chose to be a working man is, the dig- 
nity of labor. Who would say that anything 
that Christ did was undignified ? There are, 
however, persons who seem to look upon la- 
bor with disdain, and regard those who live 
without work as superior to those who labor. 
There can be no greater mistake. Labor may 
be burdensome but it is also an honor and a 
glory. Smiles, in his treatise on character, 
sayp, "All that is great in man comes through 
work. Were labor abolished, the race of 
Adam were at once stricken by death." Noth- 
ing can be truer. We sometimes hear per- 
sons talk about the curse of labor. It is a 
mistake. It is a remedy to restore our fallen 
natures. It is the first element in any sys- 
tem of reform. This has been demonstrated 
in our different reformatory institutions. 
Neither children nor men can be reformed in 
idleness. Work is the law of our being— the 
principle that carries us onward to the high- 
er life. 

"Blest work! if ever thou wert acurse of'God,' 
What must his blessings be!" .1. n. i?. 



OUR VOCATION.-Epli. 4: 1, .J. 



BY S. 7. RHARl'. 



This is the only instance in wliicli tlie word 
vocation occurs in the Bil)le, but in ten other 
l)laces is the same word in the original trans- 
lated by the term "calling." It means that 
eni])loyment, trade or profession to wliich, by 
nature or circumstances, one has been called 
and by whicli he lives. A man's (iroccdion is 
an employment which he may pursue occa- 
sionally, or for diversion and on which he is 
not (lepondciit for a living. 

The Christian profession is designated as 
a "calling." First, because it should be his 



principal vocation. A man's religion should 
take the preference to everything else. "First 
seek the kingdom of God and- his righteoxis- 
ness, and all other things shall be added unto' 
you," is the divine command. Just as the 
husbandman, the mechanic or "the profession- 
al man gives his vocation the first considera- 
tion and the greatest care to make a success,- 
so must the Christian consecrate his best en- 
ergies and deepest concern to his religious 
calling. 

Secondly. One's calling furnishes hini 
with the means of living, and supplies his 
tem]3oral wants. In like manner does one's 
religion give spiritual support to his soul, if 
it is the true religion and he "walks worthy 
of the vocation wherewith he is called." We 
shall now consider 

THE CHARACTER OF A CALLING; 

A calling may be honorable or disreputa- 
ble according to its influence on mankind 
antl the dignity given to it by some of its u' em- 
bers. The calling of the husbandriian is a 
noble one, because of its good influence on 
mankind, not only on him who engages in it, 
but on those who live on the fruits of his la- 
bor. It has been dignified by being the first 
vocation to which man was called by his 
Creator, and by the first parent of our race 
having pursued it. This calling has been 
dignified by those who left their plow to 
wield a scepter, or don the garb of a prophet. 
1 Sam. 11: 7; 1 Kings 19: 19. And if the la- 
bor of him is honorable, who sows to the 
earth and reaps to support life here, how- 
much more noble is it to "sow to the spirit 
and of the spirit reap life eternal." The vo- 
cation of the merchant is lawful and was dig- 
nified by a Lydia, who bought and sold valu- 
able purple goods. Acts 16: 14. But he 
who buys "milk and wine without money and 
without price," does far better. The physi- 
cian has a noble profession, inasmuch as he 
relieves human suffering, and saves many a 
one from an untimely death, and his calling 
has lieen dignified by a Luke. But how mxich 
more is the calling of him, a noble one, "who 
shall save a soul from death and hide a mul- 
titude of sins" ? Jas. 5: 20. 

It is indeed a noble calling- to be a teacher 
and xinfold the powers of the human mind, 
that they may command the powers of nature 
to ride on the trackless ocean with the tem- 
pest and the wind, to chain the lightning of 
heaven and make it bear his messages — to 
weigh the body of the sun .and measure the 
orbits of the planets, to have his profession 
dignified by all the philosophers, sages and 
prophets that ever lived and taught hoAv man 
-may bo a man, — but it is incomparably nobler 
to unfold the powers of the soul, that it may 
subdue the powers of Satan, command the 
spirits of heaven which lost their fii-st estate, 
may burst asunder the l)ars of deatli and hell, 
and rise triiim])hantl3' to fly through illimita- 
ble space, without a barrier and without end 
of existence, to have his in-ofession dignified 
by him who was "the master" and the "teach- 
er." Jno. 3:2. In short, it is the highest of 
all ])rofessions whicli develops a human soul 
into an angel, hi the third jjlace we shall 
notice what it means to 



TFT1E OORr»p:i. AFFIRSETSKJEK. 



11 



WALK WORTHY. 

It woiild be degi-nding to any trade or pro- 
fession to make it an avocation instead of a 
vocation. Tlioiisands of persons fail in tlieir 
calling m this life because they violate this 
law of political economy. "AVhat thy hand 
findeth to do, do it with thy might," is as im- 
portant in religion as it is in biisiness. AVho 
would labor to enter a profession, and when 
admitted, would make it a secondary matter 
and expect to make a success of it, l)ut do not 
we often act in that way? Make the interest 
of our farms, our stores or our professional 
duties of primary importance when our re- 
ligion demands our service? We may do 
this in two Avays. 

1. When some church work is to be done, 
some council-meeting to be attended, or some 
soul to be cared for, and we make our excus- 
es that we cannot leave the store or the farm, 
and in this way make our temporal matters 
of primary importance. A man who would 
treat his earthly calling as some do their 
heavenly, would soon become bankrui)t and 
lose the respect of his fellow-men and even 
of himself. 

The second, and by far the most common 
way o'f treating our heavenly calling, is not 
to regard the summons at all. Every soul 
that has ever heard the gospel, has received 
a call, and not to heed that call is to treat 
him with contempt who gave it. . This is 
clearly "set forth by the Savior in the parable 
of the great supj^er, as recorded by Luke 14: 
16-24. It now only remains to be consider- 
ed iww to walk worthy of one's vocation. 

1. Every one owes it to his profession to 
dignify it with the best efforts he can put 
forth. He who has learned a jjrofession 
stands higher than he who has learned none. 
The skill that he has acquired is not the only 
thing to recommend him. The very name of 
his profession gives him character and an ad- 
vantage in life. In return for this he owes it 
to his profession to dignify it with fidelity to 
his calling. In this respect the Christian 
owes more than any other. Men and women 
are taken by the Christian profession fl-om 
the slums of societ)-, adopted into the family 
of the Son of God and made "kings and 
priests." A Mary Magdalene may be wash- 
ed of her deep sinfulness, and made a fit com- 
panion of the great apostles. 

2. AVe walk worthy of our vocation when we 
consecrate to it our best efforts. Tlie soldier 
of this world, when cnlled into service, lays 

, down every other obligation. The mechanic 
leaves his tools, the husbandman his plow, 
the shepherd his flock, and buckles on his 
armor for battle, He unclasps the tender 
embrace of his wife and children who would 
fain keep him at home; but his acts ]n'ovp 
that he loves his country more than his for- 
mer profession, more than his wife and chil- 
dren, more than all else on earth. So must 
every Christian soldier. A Peter and an 
Andrew njust forsake their nets, a James 
Hiid John their father, a Mattliow his lucra- 
tive olUce, and come and f(.)llow their master. 
If it is wortliy and noble for the earthly 
soldier to ol)oy the command of his captain, 
and risk his life to gain a transient posses- 



sion here, how much more worthy is it to 
obey the captain of our salvation, and gain 
an inheritance eternal in the heavens. 

Lastly we walk worthy of our profession 
when we labor to make our profession a suc- 
cess by laboring in the unity of the spirit in 
the bond of peace. In unity is strength. — 
Unity was the chief sentiment of the Sav- 
ior's prayer fox his disciples. Unity made 
the phalanx ol! Alexander invincible in battle. 
In unity of the spirit the church of Christ 
triumphs over all its enemies. 

COBRESPQNhENOE. 

As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 
country. 



Frorti Uiiiitiiij^ton, Intl. 



On the 6th of Nov., we met with the 
above named church. This church, when or- 
ganized, is said to have been a flourishing 
one; since then it has chronicled a sad history. 
Seeds of dissatisfaction grew out of their 
house of worship, not being built as plainly 
as many brethren feel our houses should be 
built. Some years ago one of their minis- 
ters. Summers, withdrew with a small num- 
ber, and organized a congregational body. — 
E. K. Binkly, their only resident minister, 
recently identifipd himself with the progres- 
sive element, taking but two or three with 
him; leaving his pious father and mother in 
the church. Under a slack system of gov- 
ernment, with but little effort to adopt the 
usages of the church, they have not flour- 
ished. 

We continued our labor of love until the 
19th, devoting our time almost exclusively to 
the members, visiting about seventy-five, and 
we were pleased to find as many faithful, ex- 
emplary members in the Huntington church. 
We did what we could in encouraging them 
to humble faithfulness. 

Held a feast on the 8th; the attendance 
was encouraging. The spirit of the Lord 
seemed to reign in the meeting. Eld. T. C. 
Murray, of Manchester, has recently taken 
charge of the church; was with us the great- 
er part of the time. Bro. Murray is young, 
but seems to feel something of the weight of 
his duty ; is anxious to see the cause at Hunt- 
ington move on the line of the recognized 
principles of our common Brotherhood. Our 
prayer is, that he may have heavenly wisdom 
to fit him for his work. Closed with a coun- 
cil that was well represeifted, agreeable to 
reason, custom, law, and the well-known us- 
ages of the church. Prompt measures were 
taken to close the church door to keep all 
withdrawing elements . from occupying the 
stand. The experience of the Huntington 
brethren enabled them to vote intelligently. 
The meeting closed with a warm, tender feel- 
ing. 

On the 20th, we commenced labor with the 
Clear Creek church, four miles east of the 
Huntington church. The brethren here have 
a large and well-disciplined liody. The ad- 
vantages of respecting the usages of the 
church are to be seen here, in their love, in- 
terest and numbers. The weather during our 



first week's labor seemed to retard the inter- 
est; the second week the attendance and in- 
terest were encouraging. Closed with three 
additions. 

Eld. Dorsey Hodgden has care of the 
church, assisted in the ministry by Bro. 
George Jewit. They are brethren held in 
cordial esteem. Bro. Hodgden contemplates 
going to Kansas. Feeling that his services 
cannot be spared, an effort is being made to 
assist him to a home in Clear Creek. We 
have been visiting this church regularly for 
some years, and our acquaintance begets an 
anxious concern in us that their present peace 
and prosperity should continue. 

I. J. PiOSENBEBGEB. 



From Beecli Grove, Ind. 



Commenced meetings in the Beech Grove 
congregation on Nov. 21, and continued until 
the 30th. Dismissed to attend District Meet- 
ing Dec, 3: began again on the 5th and con- 
tinued until the night of the 10th, with very 
good interest. Congregations most of the 
time were large, considering the weather and 
roads, which were bad nearly all the time, 
and in the midst of this, much opposition by 
men who oppose themselves more than any- 
body else. Yet, in spite of all this, the word 
of the Lord must prevail, whether its effects 
are visible at present or not. The immedi- 
ate lesult of the meeting was seventeen ac- 
cessions, fourteen baptized and three restor- 
ed. Left a good interest and quite a number 
in the midst of the problem of profit and 
loss. Hope they will come out on the side 
of the Lord soon. Lewis W. Teeter. 



From Eplirata, Pa. 



Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Lewistown, Fa., 
commenced a series of meetings here at Moh- 
ler's meeting-house; preached for us two' 
weeks. He labored faithfully in the Mas- 
ter's cause, and preached the word with pow- 
er, which resulted in six precious souls com- 
ing out on the Lord's side. This makes now 
eighteen new members at the gospel plow 
this year. May the Lord add his blessings 
to it, so they hold out. There are more near- 
ly persuaded. The whole congregation was 
aroused and well instructed. The meetings 
were well attended. We thank Bro. Mohler 
very kindly for his services. He left this 
morning for Petersburg, where he intends, 
God willing, to hold a series of meetings. 

J. E. Keller. 



From Gronola, Kan. 



We left our old home in Iowa, Sept. 2nd., 
and after a fifteen days' drive we arrived at 
Grenola, Elk Co., Kan. We had a pleasant 
trip, good weather and good roads. Since 
arriving here, it seems to have pleased our 
Eather in Heaven to remove our eldest daugh- 
ter from time to eternity. You can imagine 
how sad we feel. We cannot tell yet how we 
will like our new home. We hopo minister- 
ing brethren will give us a call when passing 
through our part of the country, and feed us 
with the bread of life. N. B. Murr.^y. 



12 



THE aOSFEX. ]MESSE]SraER. 



Prom Jordan Valley Church. 



Elder Samael Neher, of Walnut Level, 
Ind., came here on Nov. 18, and commenced 
a series of meetings, ending on the 27th. 
He held forth the word of God with power. 
The church was much revived, and deep and 
lasting impressions wore made. Two pre- 
cious souls were baptized. Brother Neher 
was assisted by brother Wm. Simmons and 
the writer. M. D. Roberts, 



From Alpena, Dakota. 



Bro. B. F. Miller will now hold meetings 
every two weeks in the large school-house in 
Alpena, Jerauld Co., Dakota. We have good 
congregations and fine order. We would like 
to have one or more of our dear brethren who 
are speakers, to locate here and help to build 
up a church, and as many more of our breth- 
ren and sisters as feel like coming. There 
are nine brethren and sisters within two and 
one-half miles of us. We have a fine climate, 
good soil, cheap land and no mud. Principal 
crops are wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, corn, 
and vegetables of all kinds. G. J. Eoyer. 



From Broadfording' Church, Md. 



On Dec. 2d, Bro. Solomon Bucklew came to 
us and held forth the words of life in its sim- 
plicity and power, remaining until the 16th. 
The attendance was not large at first, but the 
interest increased and the last meeting was 
largely attended. The church experienced 
quite a revival. She was permitted to drink 
from that pure river of water, and built up 
in that most holy faith, and parents were 
made to rejoice. Sinners were made to in- 
quire the way. Ten precious souls were add- 
ed to the church to walk in newness of life 
and to be bright and shining lights in God's 
kingdom, and many more were made to think 
upon their way. Hoping that the good seed 
sown may take root and be watered by the 
dews of heaven, and bring forth abundant 
fruit, may the blessings of God attend our 
brother in his every effort for good. 

A. B. Barnhart. 



in every family library. I often feel we are 
too slothful in trying to circulate the breth- 
ren's work, which caused so much hard labor. 
Much good might be done in this way. Dear 
brother, perhaps you have not the talent or 

j privilege to preach, but you may have si. 50 
to spare and start a book on its mission. Bro. 

j Nead's Theology should also be circulated. 

j In my travels through life I feel safe in say- 

! ing I heard at least one dozen persons say 
that brother Nead's book led them to the 
light. Though he in dead the book speaketh, 
and the work is still carried on; so with ev- 
ery author, but we should get them before the 
public. The Gospel Messenger also de- 
mands our attention the same way. I was 
rejoiced to meet the Gospel Messenger in 
almost every family on the Pacific slope. 
Some said, when they had read it they gave 
it to their neighbors. This is just as it should 
be, but still better, if you can get them to 
subscribe for it, when they become acquaint- 
ed with it. I uociced in the West, Seventh 
Day Advent tracts and papers on different 
subjects sticking in the news cases, on the 
boats, cars, hotels, depots, post-offices, and 
every available place. I was made to ask 
the question. What are we doing? — especial- 
ly with the thought in the mind — we have the 
best cause in the world. Awake thou that 
sleepest, and all go to work. Enoch Eby. 



From Lena, 111. 



On Dec. 20th the members of Waddam's 
Grove church met in couucil; had considera- 
ble business, among which was the best meth- 
od of supporting our poor, and especially the 
propriety of receiving aid from our town of- 
ficers to help support them, was warmly, but 
lovingly discussed, with two or three Bibles 
open (not Minutes), and finally deferred to 
the next church council. We were made to 
feel, during the entire meeting, the force of 
the Psalmist Uavid's language, "liehold how 
good and how pleasant it is for brethren to 
dwell together in unity." Ps. 1'.]^. No dis- 
cordant elements to mar our peace. 

A copy of brother D. L. Miller's book on 
the "Bible Lands" is before me; like it much, 
BO far as I have examined it. it contains 
much spiritual food for the Christian, as well 
as useful historical facts. A copy of it, and 
also brother K. H. Miller's work, "The Doc- 
trine of the Brethren Defended," shoald be 



From Bijou Hills, Brule Co., Dakota. 



The members here are all enjoying good 
health. Until the loth we have been blessed 
with fine fall weather. Quit plowing on the 
11th on account of frost. This forenoon it 
is quite cold; 12° below zero, with two inches 
of snow on the earth. We have preaching 
here regularly every two weeks, and some- 
times more frequently. Some interest is 
manifested by those out of the church. 
Many seem to be well pleased at our coming 
into their midst. We shall endeavor to try, 
by the help of God, to do a little good as we 
pass along. We came here to stay, provid- 
ing we are contented; thus far we are favora- 
bly impressed. There are now ten members 
living in this immediate vicinity, and we ex- 
pect four more in early spring. We need 
the prayers of the church, and the help of a 
good faithful representative minister of the 
Cause. God bless all, especially my near 
friends, to whom I owe much love. 

W. G. Cook. 



From* FortvillCj'ind. 



Bro. Lewis Teeter, of Hagerstown, Ind.^ 
commenced a meeting in the Beach Grove 
church on Friday evening, Nov. 21, and coii- 
tinuetl over two Sabl)aths. The result of the 
meeting was, two received by baptism and 
one I'eclaiinod. On Mondu}' morning, after 
the biqjtisni, he left for liis home, Ijut havijig 
been requested tti return and continue the 
iiie(!tiiig, he did so on th«' following Friday 
evening, remaining until Wednesday night, 
tlie 10th inst., when twelve more souls were 
received by b.iptism and one reclaimed. 
There was a good nitendance and much inter- 
est manifested. 



The above accessions were nearly all from 
the Sunday-school, which is contimied dur- 
ing the entire year. No kind of weather 
seems to prevent a goodly number from at- 
tending. This is noAv the second v.inter for 
this school. The people expect another pro- 
tracted meeting after the holidays. 

Lewis Teeter is a. very able expounder of 
the AVord. The young peoi^le of this commu- 
nity are very much attached to him, and they 
are very anxious for him to return. D. E. 
Richard is the only minister in the Beech 
Grove church. I attended a social meeting' 
at his house last Saturday evening, where 
there were thirteen young members present, 
one of whom opened the meeting by reading 
a chapter and prayer. All took an active 
part in the meeting, and spoke of their de- 
termination to hold out faithful. They take 
a special interest iu having good singing. — 
They expect to have social lueetings one 
night in each week, at i)rivate houses. In 
this way they will become working members, 
and not drones in the hive. 

Jacob Eothenbergeb. 



Florida Notes. 



— This is Dec. 7, and we find December as 
mild as May. To-day our Sunday-school and 
meeting were Avell attended. There were 
twent3'-one members present. Our exercises 
seem as enjoyable as any we ever attended. 
The Sunday-school opens at 10 A. M., and 
preaching at 11. Thus we spend nearly two 
hours together in the morning. 

—Many of the people go to meeting iu boats ; 
the chiirch stands only about 200 feet from 
the lake. To the newcomer it is a novel sight 
to see a half dozen or more boats coming down 
the lake just a few minutes before Sunday- 
school opens. In the north our brethren take 
their families to church in comfortable car- 
riages, but here you see them coming in boats. 

— To date we have had but one light fi'ost, 
not heavy enough, however, to kill the toma- 
to vines. 

— We have decided to hold a love-feast 
sometime in January. It will be announced 
ill good time, for there are those in the North 
who woiild like to attend a feast in the Sunny 
South. The church has voted to commence 
with the single mode of feet-washing. 

— The members here seem to be enjoj-i^ig 
themselves to the fullest extent, especially do 
they enjoy the mild climate. While many of 
our readers are nearly freezing in the North, 
some of our children here are still going to* 
school barefoot. 

— Bro. Gray, one of our ministers, has pur- 
chased near the town of Waldo. We regret- 
ted to have him leave us, and still we have a 
desire to see churches built up in other parts 
of Florida. We ho])e he will like his new 
home, and be the means of doing much good. 

— We notice that Bro. Kurlz's Almanac for 
1885 records one minister in Florida. We 
can name four, brother Gray, referred to above, 
brother Bowser, who lives a few miles north 
of Keuka, your huinblt> servant and elder S. 
T. Bosserman. On the latter, however, we 
have only a temporary claim. 



THE aOSFEI. MESSE^OER. 



1:3 



—Since many are coming to Florida to look 
■for homes, let me again tell you not to look 
for a farming country, though some farming 
is done in places. Look for one great bed of 
sand, covered with grass and timber, inter- 
spersed with charming lakes. It is purely a 
fruit and vegetable country, where the cli- 
mate is the greatest and most impressive at- 
traction. Take away her delightful climate, 
and Florida will lose her charms. 

- -Those who come to look at the country, 
would better cojne prepared to board till they 
can find what they desire. Many of you would 
be surprised to see how people, moving here, 
can accommodate themselves to small houses 
till they can build larger. 

-There are many who apply for l)oarding 
places in private families, desirhig to spend 
only the winter here. We find it diflicult to 
accommodate that class, outside of cities, but 
in the course of a few years, when the people 
get better fixed, and can build larger, they 
will take pleasure in opening their houses to 
the thousands who desire to enjoy the mild 
climate. At present they have to depend up- 
on hotels. 

—We think Ave have as good society here 
as can be found in any new place. We have 
as intelligent looking audiences as any one 
should desire to meet, and the very best of 
order during services. J. H. MooKE. 

Kciika, Fla. 



started for Marion county, to visit the mem- 
bers in the Salem church. Attended meet- 
ing the same evening. One was; baptized. 

John Metzgek. 



From Moiiinoutli, Kan. 

This will inform you that the Osage 
chui-ch is in a prosperous comlition. AVe ex- 
pect to commence a series of meetings on the 
evening of the third Sunday of December, 
and will continue as long as it will seem good. 
We hope some of our ministering brethren 
will be with us. Mautin Neher. 

From Hespelcr, Ontario. 

We are yet alive and trying to do the best 
we can; still feel to take up the cross and 
serve the Lord in weakness. AVe hoi)e you 
will pray for us that we may prove faithful to 
the end. I wish you all the blessings of God 
in vour labors. The G. M. proves a great 
ble"ssing to myself and wife. The sermons it 
contains, give us encouragement to work. 

N. P. COBER. 



From the Cook'.s Creek Cliureh, Va. 

TiiK good work conthiui-s with us. Xiiic more 
were baptized in tliis ronfjrcgatiou witliin the last 
week. Over two hundred and fitly souls were 
l)ai)tized in the counties of Augusta and Rocking- 
ham during 1SS4, and yet there are many others 
who aie going the downward and broad road. — 
May the good Lord help us cry aloud, that many 
more may be saved. ^. !•'• >^ANViKi:. 

Bn(h/(iralei; Va , Dec Hi. 



From Dakota. 



If there are any Brethren living in Dako- 
ta where there is land to be taken up, they 
will confer a favor by writing to me. I am 
going to change my location and would like 
to move wdiere there are some Brethren al- 
ready living. Address Daniel Leitzel, Dako- 
ta City, Hutchinson Co., Dak. 

_ »_♦-.— • 

From Juniata Co., Xeb. 

I WILL give a little news from this part of 
Nebraska. AVe are still increasing but slow- 
ly. W9 number about thirty. I was in Har- 
len and Turner counties, and held seventeen 
meetings. Held a communion-meeting at 
Bro. C. C. Davison's, and it was a refreshing 
season. No doubt all felt that it was goocl to 
be there. There were no additions, but think 
lasting impressions were made. Brethren m 
the East, think of us out in the Wes-t. The 
field is large and the laborers are few. 

E. D. Bechtelheimer. 

From Cerro Gordo, 111. 



To the Churches of S(mthern Ohio. 

Let all the churches of the District who 
have not yet responded to the call made at 
the District Meeting of 1884, and for the se- 
curing of a house of worship for the colored 
Brethren of Frankfort, Ohio, please send 
their gift in at an early day that the deed may 
be passed, and a full report of the fund be 
made to the coming District Meeting. Send 
in registered letter to the Treasurer, AVm. D. 
Mallow, Austin, Boss Co., O. 

Landon Wert. 

From Scalp Level, I*a. 



Bro. John Holsapple, of Geistown, Ba., re- 
cently preached a series of sermons in the 
Greenland meeting-house. They were well 
attended by the members of thaft vicinity. Bro. 
Jacob labored very earnestly and with suc- 
cess. Among some of the important subjects 
were "The Marriage Feast," "Feet-washing," 
"The Last Supper," etc. His labors caused 
considerable stir in the community, and, it is 
thought, will grow and end in good results. 
The Greenland meeting-house was built but a 
few years since, and it appears that the mem- 
bers love to fill their seats on meeting day. 

J. F. DiETZ. 



On the 5th ult., I left home for Jefferson 
Co., III., to visit the members at Mt. Vernon. 
Came to D. F. Eby's on the fith. Had meet- 
ing on the 7th, after which brother Eby took 
me to Eld. Jacob Hager's, a distance of nine 
miles. Found them as well as could be ex- 
pected, considering their age. Spent the 
night very pleasantly with the old- brother 
and sister. I went home with brother Eby, 
and had meeting the same evening. This 
newly organized church is doing well. All 
seem to work for the master's cause. On tlie 
morning of the 9th, brother Hix and myself 



From Milfora, Ind. 

I feel delighted to hear of the good news 
throughout the Brotherhood, to hear of many 
uniting with the church. May the brethren 
have the goodoE souls in view, and labor 
much to increase the borders of Zion. May 
the G. M. still boar the glatl tidings of souls 
converted to Christ thi-oughout 1885, as it 
has for 1884. After reading of so many 
evangelists out in the field, it caused me to 
rallylorth in the good work. I will, provi- 
dence not preventing, soon bo in the field to 
help on with the good work. AVe have 
phnity of snow now, al^out fifteen inches 
deep." By having good roads, good weather, 
and good congregations, we may expect a 
rich harvest for the Lord. J. H. Miller. 



An Explanation and Apolofjy. 

Ox the nth day of August, 1KK2. I received, at 
Burr Oak, Kan., several letters, which, in the midst 
of severe mental distress, occasioned by the loss of 
years of toil, added anguisii to my soul, so that I 
thought, nearly all men had forsaken me. In this 
frame of mind 1 wrote a private letter to .Joseph 
Livengood, of Lamhk, 111., containing relleclions 
upon the church and the purity of the doctrine as 
believed by the Brotherhood. 

Two weeks thereafter 1 wrote to Joseph Liven- 
good, recalliiig my letter of Aug. I7th, but 
instead of destroying it or returning it to me, it 
found its way to Ashland, Ohio, and appeared in 
the Evangelist of Oct. 17, ISs:^. 8oon after its ap- 
pearance T wrote an explanation and sent it to the 
Evangelist but so far as 1 know it never appeared. 
1 next tried to reach the Brotherhood through 
the Messenoeu, but the editors and other dear 
brethren Avhom they consulted, considered my ex- 
planation too personal. I now see that it was too 
personal, therefore I excuse them from all blame. 

Recently, at a call from the !>ilver Creek Church, 
111., where I had my membership when I wrote the 
re(l'ections), I appeared before said church, and was 
kindly requested to make an acknowledgement, 
which I cheerfully do as follows: 

"The entire part of said letter to Livengood. as 
it appeared in the Evangelist, is severe and I have 
been and am still heartily ashamed ot it. It was 
cruel to write that 1 intended to work lor -un- 
aduUeruted religion, - a religion not beset with 
creeds and rituals,' when I was then and still am 
working for 'pure and undetiled religion, a reli- 
o-ion free from ritualism and creedism, aod to add 
fntensitv to cruelty, I said • I was done with whip- 
cords and thongs and shackles,' I ought to have 
known and considered that the Brotherhood does 
not use thongs and shackles to fetter men. It was 
indeed wrong to permit myself to be controlled br 
sucli a spirit, for it was not a good spirit. 

1 also said I had 'some rich developements to^ 
make ' and wrote of -wickedness m high places. 
\s an' editor, much information came into in\ pos- 
session, but as the grounds for making such asser- 
tions have been almost entirely ivmovid. I can 
now sav that I believe the cluiivh has ever tried 
to maintain purity among all its members I con- 
sider virtue a shining ornament ol our Brotlier- 
hood." 

And now, beloved brethren and sisters, for per- 
mitting mvself to be inll'uenced by a spirit of abuse 
and rellection. when I sliould have been in earnest 
prayer to God, I repeat. 1 have been, and am still 
heartily ashamed; and while 1 have been, and still 
am. exceedingly sorry that 1 «"o sinned against Cod 
ami you. I kindly and entreatingly ask your for- 
giveness whereinsoever I have erred, and affection- 
ately plead for your prayers that 1 fail m>t of the 
grace of God. In Christian Bonds, 

M. M.EslIEI.MAN. 



We. the undersigned committee, appointetl by 
the Silver Creek Cluuvh. 111., to receive a written 
apologv from Bro. >l. M. Kshelman and publish 
the same in the Mkssengki:. hereby inform all 
whom it may concern, that Bro. Eshelman appear- 
ed before this church and cheerfully made his ac- 
knowledgment whieli was unanimously aecept- 
,, I). K. I'KICE. 

S. Z. h^liAHi'. 
.T G KoYtii. 
.Mt. MiJiTis. Dec. 27,1{>84. 



14: 



THE GTOSFEL I^IESSEIN'GEK. 



From Bashan, Lincoln Co., Kan. 



As we need help here in the ministry, I 
will ask permission for a little space in your 
paper. A good, loyal minister, and other 
members, would be much welcomed among 
us. Our territory is too large, only two of 
us to do the labor. There are calls that we 
cannot fill. I think we have as good land in 
this valley as can be had. Hope the breth- 
ren will come and inhabit it. 

L. W. FiTZ WATER. 



From Mt. Sidney, Va. 



Haying given a notice, some time ago, in 
regard to the dedication of our new meeting- 
house, and communion- meeting, I will give a 
report of it. Brethren D. F. Stouffer and S. 
F. Sanger- were with us. Oar meeting com- 
menced on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the close of 
which we had the dedication sermon, deliver- 
ed by brother Stouffer. We continued our 
meetings until Thursday evening, at which 
time we had our communion. We truly had 
a feast of fat things for the soul. About two 
hundred and fifty members communed. At 
the cloEe of this meeting, brother Sanger re- 
turned home, and brother Stouffer continued 
the meetings until Dec. 1. The result .)f the 
meeting was, twenty-three by baptism. We 
had a glorious meeting, and one long to be 
remembered. Levi Gabbee. 



From Mt. Horeb, Cumberland Co., A^a. 



Thinking, perhaps, you would like to hear 
something from this part of the Lord's mor- 
al viueyard, 1 will endeavor to give you a 
few items. After being so long without a 
minister, the Lord has at last provided us 
with one, who is zealous, earnest and inter- 
ested in the cause of Christ, and the building 
up of Zion. There are eight members of us 
living near together. Have a splendid sanc- 
tuary to worship in, having preaching twice 
a month, and prayer-meeting every Friday 
evening; also once a week at the house of 
brother Samuel Sheets, who has been afflict- 
ed for nearly four years with paralysis. The 
prospects for building up Zion are encour- 
aging. May the Lord bless us all as we 
journey together, and help us our little stock 
to improve, is my daily prayer, for dear Je- 
sus' sake. May we so live out our days that 
we can meet on the sunshiny banks of eter- 
nal deliverance. Florida Etter. 



Brother D, L. Miller'.s Book of Travel. 



There are thousands of brethren and sis- 
ters who think they are in nowise concerned 
with a work of this kind. They are satisfied 
with such knowledge of the life of Christ as 
the sacred record affords. Among these there 
are doubtless some — not many —whose Bible 
would receive but little illumination by light 
thrown upon it from historic and geographic 
sources. But nine-tenths of the Brotherhood 
would be scripturally wiser by reading broth- 
er Miller's book. There is no person on earth 
that can gather from the sacred page alone 



the reason for much that Christ said and did. 
It must be found in times, places, and cir- 
cumstances treasured up in other depositor- 
ies than the inspired documents. If the gen- 
eral Brotherhood would have but a momen- 
tary glimpse of the gain to sacred lore from 
the impelling and formative environments of 
Bible narratives and persons, they would not 
begrudge a little money and time to make ac- 
quaintance with scenes and influences which 
are the hidden groundwork of the Holy Ora- 
cles. Brother Miller's book will answer a 
good purpose in many points of interest. It 
is characteristically adapted to the wants of 
the Brethren Community. It is plain, con- 
densed, suggestive. It awakens and sustains 
interest throughout. It is graphic and won- 
derfully reproductive of primitive times and 
far-off scenes. It makes the past centuries 
shake hands with to-day, and puts us into liv- 
ing, personal contact with Christ and His 
Apostles as they wandered up and down Pal- 
estine in their Holy Mission. It is, of course, 
supposed that the reader is blessed with the 
beautiful gift of imagination to transfer him- 
self or herself into the past and invest it with 
the vivid realities of life and fact. For our 
plain, simple, historically-isolated brethren 
and sisters to miss the benefit and pleasure 
of reading such a work would be a pity. I 
am sure no appreciative, Bible-loving soul 
would regret the price. When they have 
read it, they will be astonished how the Bible 
is interlocked with general history, and how 
all he ages contribute to its formation and 
right understanding. It needs the mastery 
of Bible times to comprehend fully Bible 
matter. When we are once wide awake to 
this fact, we want to read brother Miller's 
book, and when we are done with that, our 
appetite is whetted for more, and more we 
can have. God gives us the whole world and 
all history to illustrate His written Eevela- 
tion. C. H. Balsbaugh. 



From Fayetteville, Ark. 



After leaving my home, bound for this 
country, I stopped at Nevada, Mo., where I 
had the pleasure of worshiping with the 
faithful. We were also called upon to wit- 
ness the sad scene of burying little Ida, 
daughter of brother and sister Carlton. At 
the same time three others of their children 
were quite low with the same disease. From 
here I went to Webb City, -Jaisper Co., Mo. — 
We had several meetings near this place. 
Brother George Barnhart lives about five 
miles from here, at Carterville. At this place 
we did just what I have condemned in my 
treatise on mission work. Perhaps you wish 
to know why ? The word was out that we 
would be at another place at a given time, 
and we must go. 

On Nov. 27th, brother Barnhart and I 
started for Porter, Here we were met by 
brother E. Mongold, who conveyed us to his 
plact) in Washington county. We remained 
here about ten days, preaching part of the 
time. The result of the labors at these plac- 



es was nine baptized. When we came here, 
there were only four members. They all live 
within a distance of five miles of Strickler's. 
Lasv night we had a little meeting near a 
small railroad town, thirty-six miles south of 
this place. 

As to the country, we can only say, it is 
rough. The land that may be cultivated is a 
very small part of the whole. We find a good 
many people here who are kindly disposed 
toward the brethren. Dr. J. L. Demit and 
praiseworthy lady, near Chester, opened their 
doors for us to preach to the people, and 
they have our thanks for the same. Thanks 
to all who ministered to our necessities. — 
Mission work here means work. 

A. Hutchinson. 



Notes of Travel. 



On Nov. 26, I left home, ostensibly to visit 
the Cerro Gordo church, by special request, 
some time previous, of our dear old brother, 
John Metzger, who has so long been battling 
for the Master. We met with brother Aroick 
at Amboy, who was on his way to Marshall 
Co., 111. Stopped at the Pigeon Creek house 
and had a very pleasant feast. We arrived 
at brother John's house iu company with 
brother Doctor Long, whom we met at De- 
catur. Brother Long is from Green county, 
and designs settling at Cerro Gordo, where 
he may enjoy the association of the brethren, 
as he has lived somewhat isolated. At the 
appointed hour found the brethren assem- 
bling at the place of worship. The house is 
located in town. Service commenced at two 
o'clock, and was a very enjoyable one, espe- 
cially to me, as I never met with these breth- 
ren at a love-feast before. A more frequent 
interchange would be to the advantage of 
South and North. The influence of the 
brethren seems to be good. 

The town is without a saloon. About sev- 
enty members reside in the town. Brother 
John has lived in and around the town for a 
number of years, and, all respect him, from 
the railroad officer to the little children. He 
is known by the familiar name of ''Uncle 
John" or "Grandpap," and has a kind word 
or familiar greeting for al^. Brethren, let us 
cultivate more of that trait. On Sunday the 
funeral of a sister took place. Sermon by 
brother McClure and brother Metzger. At 
3 o'clock children's meeting was announced, 
and a large collection of little folks, and old- 
er ones too, was .present. They were ad- 
dressed by brother Henry France and the 
writer. Brethren, the children need special 
recognition occasionally, to familiarize them 
with us and the divine teaching of the word, 
suitable to their young minds. In the even- 
ing brother Frantz spoke. He will be re- 
membered by many as having charge of the 
council tent at Dayton. Meeting continued 
most of the week, day and evening. Minis- 
ters from a distance, Jones, of Bond Co.; 
France, Ohio; McClure, Bond Co , and others. 
One old brother, nearing his ninetieth yeeir, 
and wife came from near Jacksonville, III, to 
attend the feast. May the Lord bless all the 
brethren. J. C. Lahman. 



THE aOSFEL MESSElN^aER. 



15 



Notice. 



The Home Mission Board, of the District 
of Nebraska^ is now ready to receive calls 
for preaching or mission work from isolated 
members in the district of Nebraska. The 
members of the board may be addressed as 
follows: Moses Keefer, Greenwood, Cass Co., 
Neb.; Samuel Baker, Holmesville, Gage Co., 
Neb., and J. E. Gripe, Dorchester, Saline 
Co., Neb. J. E. Cripe. 



From Hurtson, 111. 



One of the green spots in our history, that 
we will often refer to, is now among the past, 
while the impressions made there, will linger 
upon memory's tablet for long years to come. 
Our series of meetings, held by D. B. Gib- 
son, closed on the 7th. One of the items of 
interest was the children's meeting. Brother 
G. knows how to talk to the children, and 
they appreciate it too, while the older ones 
are no less interested to hear questions cor- 
rectly answered by the little folks. "We find 
these children's meetings to be precious sea- 
sons, and should not be neglected. 

Our meetings commenced Nov. 25, and 
closed Dec. 7. Thanksgiving was observed 
according to the requirement of the Chief 
Magistrate of our country. Our quarterly 
church council passed off Dec. 1st, and was 
an occasion of joy and consolation. 

Thos. D. Lyon. 



Special Request. 



Will those who donated to the "Gospel 
Tract Society," as organized in Lanark, in 
1876, please send me their address, as I wish 
to communicate with them? 

M. M. ESHELMAN. 

Belleville, Kan. 

MATBIMONIAI. 

WILSON— WEIGLE.— At the residence of Bro. Geo. 
W. Lnng, Lanark, 111., by S. J. Harrison, Mr. Martin 
M. Wilson and Lucinda A. Weigle, all of Shannon, 
111. 

MADLEM-GAERTA.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, Dec. 11, Mi. Jacob S. Madlem and Mifes Mar- 
tha A. Gaerta, both of Miami Co , Ind. ' 

BRUEHLER— KEIM —By the undersigned, at the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, Dec. 14, Mr. John F. 
Bruehler and Miss Sarah C. Keim, both of Miami Co , 
Ind. David Swihaht. 

HAUGHTELIN-WAGNER.-At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Panora, Iowa., Dec. 10, by the under- 
signtd, Vlr. J. I. Haughtelin, son of brother J. D. 
Haughtelin, and Miss Cora C. Wagner, all of Panora, 
Iowa. J. W. DtEHL. 

KNEPPE— MILLER— At the residence of the under- 
signed, Nov. '27, brother Wra. M. Kneppe and sister 
Emma Miller, all of Somerset Co., Pa. 

Isaiah C. Jounson. 

ROttT— YOUNG.— At the residence of the bride, in the 
Log Creek congregation, Doc. 7, IMe.v C. C. Root and 
sister Mary Young, all of Caldwell Co., Mo. 

Z. Henricks. 

WOTRING— JACOBS.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, Dec. 7, Mr. Amos Wotring and Miss Anna 
Jacobs, bctb tif Mich. Pbrrt MoHimmy. 



FALLEN ASLEEJ^ 

" Blessed aro the dead wliicli die in tlii! Lord . " 

CRIPE.— In the Middle Fork church, Clinton Co., Ind.. 
sister Catherine Ciipe, aged 65 years and 27 days. 

J. W. Mb.t7,(;er. 

CARNEY.- Dec. 13, of lung fever, Sophia Carney, aged 
80 years and 7 months. S. H. Saylkr. 

SHELINE.— In the Pokagon congregation, Dfc. 19, 
brother Andrev Sheline, aged about G7 years. Fu- 
neral services by the undersigned from Rev. 14: 1-'!. ' 

I. N. Miller. 

BAKER.— In the Woodbury church, Pa., Dec. 1, of con- 
sumption, sister xVnianda Baker, aged 28 years. Fu- 
neral discourse by bi'other James Sell. 

LoTTiB K. Brinkwortd. 

DOXSIE.— At Sucfield, Mich, Sept. 30; of cholera in- 
fantum, Nellie E. daughter of Samuel D. and Julie C. 
Doxsie, aged 1 year, 1 month and 7 days. 

DOXSIE.— At < he same place, Oct 16, of membranous 
croup, George Clifton, son of Samuel and Julie Dox 
sie, aged 4 years, 2 months and 7 days. 

SHOE rS.— In the Tippecanoe chuich, Aug. 17, Arthur, 
son of brother Daniel and sister Hannah Sheets, aged 
7 years, 3 months and 14 days. 

Daniel Ratiienj3Erger. 

• 

GHAR3T.— In Bethel church. Mo . Oct 1-5, of diphthe- 
ria, Luther, son of brother Peter and Delia Gharst, 
aged 6 years, 1 month and 26 days. 

P. E. Whit-mer 

LIDY.— In the Manor congregation, Indiana Co , Pa , 
Dec. 15, of hemorrhages of the lungs, brother William 
Lidy, aged 66 years, 11 months and 17 days. Funer- 
al discourse by the writer from Isa. 38 : 1 . 

JosEni HoLSori'LE. 

DRUCKAMILLER.-In the Solomon's Creek church, 
Sept. 1, Mary A., daughter of H. and E. Druckamiller, 
aged about 2 years. 

DRUCKA.MILLER.— In the same family, of typhoid fe- 
ver, Elizabeth, wife of Harvey Druckamiller, aged 27 
years, 7 months and 9 days. Flora Warstler. 

BOTTORFF.— In the Union church, Marshall Co., Ind , 
Dec. 11, Mary Emeline, wife of Eli Bottorfl", aged 29 
years, 7 months and 8 days. Funeral services by the 
writer. John Knisley. 

PLOUGH.- In Quemahoning district. Pa., Nov. 20, 
elder Tobias Plough, aged 73 years, 1 month and 12 
days. E. 1. Blough. 

M'CONKEY — In the Prairie Creek congregation, Nov. 
27, of typhoid fever, Elizi, wite of Eli McConkey, and 
mother-in-law of the writer, aged 59 years, 1 month 
and 28 days. Calvin F. Eiler. 

MELINGER.— In the Blue River church, Ind., Dec. 4, 
brother Melinger, aged 81 years, 3 months and 28 
days. Funeral services by brother Leonard Hoyse, 
from 1 Cor, 15: 22. C. K. Zdmrrun. 



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THE 

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AH Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this liue. 

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HUNTINGDON AND BROAD TOP 
MOUNTAIN RAILROAD. 



The following schedule went into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain K. 
B, on Monday, May 14th, 1883. 

LjAVE south. 

STATIONS 



Mail 

P.M. 

6 05 
8 15 
8 23 
8 35 
8 4S 
8 .50 
« 67 

7 00 
7 10 
7 25 
7 30 
7 40 

7 51 

8 02 
8 06 
8 25 
Ul (10 
r. M. 



Exp'ss 
A. u. 

8 85 ., Huntingdon.. - 
8 50 McConnellstown 
8 55 Grafton, 



LEAVE NOBTH. 

Exp'ss Mail 

p. M. 

5 55 



9 06 
9 15 
g 21 
g 29 
g 38 

g 41 
g 55 



5 40 

5 35 

6 25 
5 15 
5 09 



.Marklesburg ,. 
- - , Coffee Run , , - 
Bough and Ready 

Cove ..T. 5 01 

Fisher's Summit 4 58 

Saxton 4 48 

.,,Biddl68burg,.. 4 35 

10 00 Hopewell. .. 4 2g 

10 10 ...Piper's Run.. 4 17 

10 21 ....Tatesville.,,. 4 07 

10 30 Everett 3 58 

10 40 ....Mt. Dallas,.-- 3 55 

1100 Bedford 3 80 

12 S5 ..Cumberland-.. 155 

p. M. r. M. 



P.M. 

12 40 
12 80 
12 25 
12 11 
12 08 
11 57 
11 50 
11 45 
11 85 
11 20 
U 51 
11 05 
10 S2 
10 48 
10 40 
10 02 
8 45 
A. M. 



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Balm, 25 and 50 cents; Victor Cough Syrup 
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Liver Pills 25cts; Victor Liniment 25 and 50 
cents. 

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Time Table. 

PITTSBURGH, FT. WAYNE AND 
CHICAGO RAILWAY. 



SCHEDULE IN EFFECT FEB. 15, 1884. 



central time. 






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•Daily; tDaily except Sunday;tDaily except 
Monday; 8 'Jaily except Satunlay, 

t^r Pullman Palace Sleeping and Hotel 
Cars through lietween Chicago and New York 
and Day Co.ichos between C'hicago and Pitts- 
burgh without change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. A. Baldwin. Qen'l Pass. Agt 
Manager, 

PITTBBURaH. 









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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 



On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into e£fect on the Penneylrania. 
Railroad: 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 25 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail 2 lOP.M ...8 60 A.M. 

Fast Line... 6 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon . Arrive PhiI'dB- 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 9 09 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P. M. 

Mail 3 50 P. M. H'bg., 7 30P.M. 

Mail Express ,--.805P. M 2 55 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8: 35 
A. M , Altoona, 12:25 P. M,. Huntingdon, 
1:24 P. M , Harrisburg, 4:15 P. M,, and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7 : 25 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P. M, Altoona, 
9: 20 P.M., Huntingdon, 10: SOP, M,, Harris- 
burgh, 1: 20 A , M . , and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

J. R, WOOD. 
CHAS-^- PDGH, Gen'l Pass. Ag't. 

Gen'l Manager. 

The Line Selected by the United 

States Covernment to carry 

the Fast Mail. 




COINC WEST. 

Principal Line 

FKOM 

GIIIGJlGO,PEORIhnilST.LOOIS 

BY ■WAY OF 

Omaha and Lincoln to Denver, 

oil VIA 

Kansas City and Atchison to Denver, 

Connecting In UnlDn Depots at Kansas City, Omaha 
and Denver with tlirougli trains lor 

SAN FRANCISCO 

And all points In the Great 'West. 

• COINC EAST. 

Connecting In Grand Vnlon Depot at Chicago with 

through trains for 

NEW YORK, BOSTON 

AND A-LL F.A\ TEnX CITIES. 

At roorlawiihthrougli trainsfor Indianapolis, Cln- 

clnnatl, Columbus, and all points In the Souili-Ea.'it. 

At St. Louis Willi throu?li trains fur all points Suulh. 



Elegant Day Coatlics. Parlor Cars with Reclining 
Chairs (.seals free). Snioklnp Cars ■n-ltli Kevolving 
Cluilre, Pullman I'alace Sleening Cars and tliefaiuous 
C- B, iSs Q. Dining Cars run dally to and from Chleago ^ 
and Kansas City, Chicago and Council Blufls. Cliieago/ 
and Des Moines. Chleago, St. .loseph. Ateliisim and 
Topckft wliliMUt eliangc. Only iliroU(.'li line running 
tliciroivn trains between Cliieatro, Llneoln and Den- 
ver, and Clileago. Kansas City and Denvi r. Through 
cars lietwceu Indianapolis and Cuuneil Blulfs, via 
Peoria, 

COINC NORTH AND SOUTH. 

Solid Trains of Elegant Day Coaches and Pullman 
Palace Sleeping Cars arc run dally lo and tnnn St. 
Louis, via Ilaunlbal. Quiney, Keokuk. lUirilngion, 
Cedar Ilapids and Albe't Lea tdSt.l'aul and Minno- 
npolis; Parlor Cars wllli lU-cllning Chairs to and 
from St. Louis and Peoria. Only one change of ears 
between Si, Louis and Des Moine.", Juwa, Lincoln, 
Nebraska, and Denver. Colorado, 

It la also the only Through Line between 

ST. LOUIS, MINNEAPOLIS AHD ST. PAUL. 

It is known as Hie great Tlllioroil CAU LINE of 
America, and Is univci.-ally admitted lo be tlic 

Finest Equipped Railroad in the World for 
all Glasses of Travel. 

Through Tickets via this line for sate at all I?. R. 
coupon ticket ofllces In the United States and Canada. 

HENRY B. STONE, PERCEVAL LOWELL, 

Ass't Gen'l .Manaffor. Gen'l Pass. Agt,, Cliieaga 



The GrOSPEL Messenger 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the PoRt-Oflice at Mt Morris, 111 . 
as Bccond CIshs Matter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 13, 1885. No. 2 



Vol. 23, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BKUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60 

Huntingdon. Pa. 

15k KTnw EN Carroll and Baker have* been 1aboriD<< 
some with the New Enterprise brethren, and report says 
that they have be.^n doing good work. 



Buo. and sister Van Dyke, of Nebraska, are visiting 
among their Eastern fiiends. We had the pleasure of 
their company on Christmas Day. Since then they vis- 
ited. ' 

Bko. J. M. Mohler, of late, has been laboring with 
the Coventry, Pa., church brethren. Have, as yet, had 
no report m to the character of the meeting, or what 
success is attending his labors there. 



Bro Jacob Leckrone, of Somerset, Ohio, says, by a 
careful count, there were reported, through the Messen- 
oi;k, during the j ear 1884, 25-)8 baptisms. Of course, 
this is only a pxvt of the whole number, as a great many 
were not reported 



r-*--^ 



Buo. Aaron Pike, of Eglon, W. Va., has also been 
counting the number of accessions to the chuich, report- 
oil through the MKs.sifKGKK, and he gives 2493, making 

. Ox account of the removal of the western office and 
the holiday.-f, things got a little mix-Kl, and some of the 
cliurch news received .va.s unavoidably crowded out and 
kept back. But tilings are now in good shape again 
and our issues will be on time. 



Wk reject 'To a Young Convert," by a sinner, as a 
religious monstrosity. We kindly a,dvise the yonns 
"sinner" to make hira.ielf the subject for so much good 
advice. Pi'rhaps he needs it much worse than the young 
convert. Practice what you preach, young man. 



The James Creek brethren are holding a series of 
meetings in the Woodcock Valley house. Bro John W. 
Brumbaugh is doing the preaching, except a few ser- 
mon-! preached by Bro. Archy Van Dyke, who was vis- 
iting in the neighborhood during the early part of the 
meeting. '_ 

On Christmas Day we held services in the Chapel — 
Bro Q linter pieached a sermon well adapted to the oc- 
casion. The day was a ph^a-ant one and we hope many 
hearts were made. glad in contemplating on the great 
gift that was given to the world — "peace on earth and 
good-will to men." 



To the many who have sent ui expressions of encnur- 
agem"nt and wishes for a pro-perous and happy New 
Year, we tender our grateful acknowledgments Such 
letters of tender regard and solicitude for the officiencv 
of the pood work in which we are humble factors, fall 
like the gentle showers upon parched ground. New lift- 
is infused, and we feel better prepared to enter, with re- 
newed zeal, the ever-widening field of Christian labor. 



As the o'.d year 1884 was parsing swe.^tly away, our 
much esteemed brother, T. C Weiand, of Ohio, came 
East and took to himself our ctjually esteerat'd sister, 
Ella M. Bc.'^lioar, as a bride. They both had been stu- 
dents of the Nonnal, and a wedding is the result. Wo 
do not wish t') throw out the idea that such is always 
the n^sult of Normal associations, but it is one of the 
things that, in the course of events, do happen. We 
wish the happy pair a peaceful and successful voyage 
over life's stormy waves. 



Wk have now ready another edition of the Brethren's 
Hymnals and will be glad to fill orders. Every met t- 
ing-house in the Brotherhood should be supplied with 
two or three dozen. Quite a number have already been 
thu.s supplied and all are highly pleased with the result. 
It not only improves the singing, but also increases the 
interest and attendance. Strangers, as well as the 
young people, feel encouraged by being caicd for and 
made to feel that they are welcome to take some pait in 
the services. 

TnosK who have some of the Lord's money that tht-y 
feel to donate to the furtherance of thecime, cannot do 
better than to send it here for the distribution of tracts. 
If we had a fund for that purpose, we could supply our 
traveling ministers with the "Path of Life," "The Plan 
of Salvation," etc , and let them sow them broadcast as 
they go from place to place. Great good could be ac- 
complished in this way, and we hope that God may put 
it into.the hearts of those who have the means, to sup- 
ply us a fund for this purpose. Cast your bread up'm 
the waters, and you will find it many days hence. 



A FEW of our agpnts say that some of the brethren 
think that they cannot continue the Messenger on ac- 
count of the sca'city of money. We are aware that 
money matters are a little tight, but any family can save 
enough by using a little economy in luxuries on the ta- 
ble to pay fo'' tbc tv<per ten times and more. AVe should 

' , " ■ :'-i'"tl-..<r>>. 

are by sin and lempcations, wc should make u»e of all 
the means of grace that are at our con)mand, and we 
have reason to believe that the Messfnokk has done 
much in giving encouragement to those who are striving 
for the better life. 



One of our agents got in good earnest and more than 
doubled his list over List year. The same thing could 
be done by 1000 other agents, as his field for optration 
was only ordinarily good. We believe that a Mkssh.n- 
GEK should go into every family in the congregation, as 
well as in some other families. Our circulation largely 
depends upon the efforts made by our agents, and we 
fully appifciate work done in thi.s way. Many of our 
assents are doing quite well 1 he old lists are very gen- 
erally returned with quite an addition of new names. — 
We hope the work will be continued, and that our list of 
subscribers will be greatly increased. 



Send fifty cents— twenty five two cent stamps will do 
—and have the Yoitiif/ Disciple sent to your home week- 
ly for a year, and you vvill find it to prove a good invest- 
ment. A little money spent for the religious training 
t'ach year will be much better for all in the end than 
if spent for dolls and candies. We hear parents 
sometimes say that their children do not seem to care for 
religion, and wonder at it, and yet they never do any- 
thing to tra'n them lu that diivction. Religion, like 
urass and grains, grows from seeds sown. If you sow no 
seed, you get no gras^. Neither will religion grow in 
children's hearts unless the seed is planted theie. 



RELIGION, CREED AND PRACTICE. 



Relioion ought to be the voluntary desire of the 
soul, untrammeled and free, yet it .seems tons that the 
tendency of the times is still towards ci-eedum. rather 
than a practical carrying out of its true character and 
design. We were told, not long since, that mm are 
more critical in geflimr pi-op'c into the church through 
their creects than they are^o their practice after they are 
in. The idea is this: Creeds have become so exacting 
that evtry jot and tittle must be obseivcd before men 



can be received into the church, but after they are once 
in, their liberties are allowed to te exceedingly wide, 
thus laying more stress on how we get into the vineyard, 
than we do on the work done after we are in. 

This idea is exactly the reverse of the teaching of the 
gospel. By this we mean, that theie is more stress laid 
upon Christian character and good works than there is 
upon f he forms that have reference to the new birth. — 
Tbat a man must bv born again, according to the divine 
plan, is a fact evident to all. but that this change alone 
does not secure salvation should be equally evident. The 
discipline of a church ought to be considered as sound as 
its creed, and a church ought to be as exacting in having 
its discipline carried out as its creed. It is the manner 
in which Christians ai'e living that is sapping the church 
of its strength. To call people saints while they are liv- 
ing the bves of worldlings, greatly dims the light that 
is to enlighten the world. 

Religion is not the observance of creeds, but the prac- 
tical carrying out of the great object for which it was in- 
troduced into the woild, — that of doing good and mak- 
ing men and women live better lives. VVe save ourselves 
by trying to save others, is the very soul of the Christian 
religion. Lose sieht of this great truth, and we have 
nothing but the en:pty foim, or the creed without the 
practice. 



HARD TIMES. 



liAuu times is becoming a very general compla nt and 
thousands of our able-bodied men are loafing on the 
street corners and in beer saloons, discussing the cause, 
set'uiingly not realizing that thejr idleness has moie to 
do with making times hard than anylhint; else. If all 
these men would give up their loafing and Miuandering 
the little money they have for whiskey, beer and tobac- 
co, and go and seek some useful employment, even at 
half wages, times would soon get very much better. — 
The fight that is waging between labor and capital is a 
great misfortune For laboring men to undertake to 
control their employers is a folly that has Ifd to worse 
than low wages. Low wages are alwajs better than 
none at all. As a rule, our capitalists are doing ihe best 
they can for their employees, and for a set of men to try 
to force them to do more than this, is unreasonable and 
can only result in disappointment and loss. 

The sharp competition that is practiced in all of our 
industries will not allow employers to extoit iiom the 
eniployed, and when they are disposed to do the best 
the> can, it is very wiong on the part of tmplojccs to 
induce strikes and thus bring loss to themselves as well 
as their employers. Strikes have always been most 
damaging to those who It ok part in them, and as long 
.IS they are continued we can txpcct hard times. Idle- 
ness can never make times better. 

Money is an accepted iquiv.ilent for labor. Their rel- 
ative values are governed by circumstances and condi- 
tions that no one set of men can contiol. Wi' heard a 
man say to-day that there was a time that one bushel of 
wheat would buy two window sashes To-day there is 
only five cents" dift'.reDce between the bushel of wheat 
and the wiA\. The man that raises Ihe wheat cannot 
pay the same price for help that he did when wheat was 
worth double what it now is. 

So in everything else. To try to compel the farmer to 
pay the wages he did when wheat was a good price, 
might, for the time beinir, he p the laborer, but it would 
ruin the farmer, and in u short time theie would be no 
labor to give to anybody. These arc things that ought 
to bo considered, iird ns a result we would have less 
complainintr, less idleness, more labor and mon» money. 
If we do not want bard times, we must not help to make 
them. 



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THE GOSFEL IMESSElSTGEIi. 



ESS-^-STS- 



Htady to show thieelf approver] unto God, a workman that 

needoth not be ashHmed, righily dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



JOHN WYCLIFFE. 



Wyclikfe ! Now half a thousand years are sped 
Since to the music of our English tongue 

Thy thin white finger.^ cunningly did wed 
What holy men of eld have said or sung! 

First Protes-tant ! First scholar for the poor! 

The first to tell in modern, fireside speech 
To homely folk in their own cottage door 

What living tiuths those sacred lips did teach. 

As swims into the sky the early star 
To lead from shades the brightness of the da^', 

So through the centuries thou art seen afar, 

Clear, when our dawn was misty, cold and gray. 

Hard was thy task, scholar, struggling on 
Against the bitter bate of monk aud priest. 

Worried and sick; and jet thy work, iidl done. 
Still lollows thee, now entered into rest. 

Bend from thy rest, if it be given, saint! 

Pale, worn and baffled in thy toil no more. 
Hark! how thy language, tuneful, clear and quaint, 

Tells the glad tidings upon every shore. 

What though thine ashes in their f'^eble wrat)a 
Thy foes upon the waadering waters fling ? 

The water.-?, conscious, smoothed for them a path 
O'er all the tides where lands and isles have sprung. 

And wh^'n thy work's millennium shall be. 

Can that millennium yet linger long 
When o'er all nations Truth hath victory. 

And Peace lifts up her sweet and endless song? 



THE LETTER AND SPIRIT. 



BY B. F. MOOMAW. 



"Our .sufficiency iji of God. Who also hath made us 
able ministers of the New Testament Not of the letter, 
but of the Spirit; for tht? letter killeth, but the Spirit giv- 
ethlife."-2Cor. 3:5, 0. 

Dear Messenger : — 

By your permission, I propose to give 
through your columns so ne thoughts upon 
the Scripture above quoted. My reason for 
doing so is, because I have heard opinions 
expressed, and enunciated from the minister's 
table, that in my judgmeot conflict with the 
sentiments held by our Brotherhood gener- 
ally, with reference to an important, if not a 
vital, principle of the teachings of Divine 
revelation, i. c, that the Scripture must be 
literally understood, except such parts as are 
allegorical, and must be so interpreted, 
agreeing with Bishop Scott upon the text; 
who correctly says: "Surely, laws, doctrines, 
promises, exhortations and historical facts, 
must be literally understood by all who do 
not purposely seek to misuuderstand them." 
To understand "the letter afid the Spirit of a 
literal and allegorical interpretation of 
Scripture, is both foreign to the Apostle's ar- 
gument, and also palpably absurd and ex- 
tremely dangerous." 

What, then, is the doctrine designed to be 
inculcated in this Scripture? Is it that the 
literal Scriptures shall bo ignored in whole, 
or in part, and like the Friends or (Quakers, 
spiritualiz-i the ordinances and command- 
ments of Jesus, and like Swedenborgians 
spiritualize the history of Creation, the sec- 
ond advent of Christ and the resurrection, 
etc., or la it to interpret them literally where 



they are congenial to our wishes, and do not 
conflict with our desires, or interfere with 
our carnal inclinations in the gratification of 
our lusts, or thwart our ambitious designs; 
and then interpret them in accordance with 
our "judgment or opinion." All,of these 
theories are absurd, and the latter, especially, 
is inconsistent, extremely dangerous, and 
likely to subject those who practice it to the 
application of what the letter, as indicated in 
the text, proposes to do, for most assuredly 
the letter will kill those "who handle it de- 
ceitfully," who disregard its provisions, who 
■will trifle with it in any way or neglect to 
make it the rule of their faith and practice, 
whereas to "obey it from the heart" is to se- 
cure a release from sin, "become the servants 
of righteousness," servants of God; "your fruit 
unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." 
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not 
my words, hath one that judgeth him, the 
word that I have spoken, shall judge him at 
the last day." 

The only interpretation of this Scripture 
that will harmonize with the teaching of the 
Bible generally, is that the Apostles had not 
been made ministers only of the mere letter, 
but of a doctrine accompanied by the Holy 
Spirit to make it effectual; for the mere let- 
ter would have proved an occasion of con- 
demnation and death to the hearers; but the 
Spirit through the Word gave life and salva- 
tion to them through the Gospel. Hence, 
Paul says: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel 
of Christ, for it is the power of God unto sal- 
vation." "For therein is th£"' righteousness 
of God revealed from faith to faith." 

The Apostle, no doubt, had some reference 
to the letter of the law, in that he says, "My 
brethren, ye also, are become dead to the law 
by the body of Christ," for when we were in 
the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by 
the law, did work in our members to bring 
forth fruit unto death, but now we are deliv- 
ered from the law "that we should serve in 
newness of the Spirit, and not in the oldness 
of the letter." "But they have not all obey- 
ed the Gospel," and so "faith cometh by hear- 
ing, and hearing by the Word of God," and 
excludes man's "judgment and man's opin- 
ions." We should be careful that we do not 
let our faith stand in man's assumed wisdom, 
"but in the power of God." 

The moral law is iudeed found unto death 
to all who remain under it, and let it be re- 
membered that the Gospel and its ministers, 
"are a savor of death unto death" to unbe- 
lievers, who often make the same use of* 
evangelical truths and attendance on Chris- 
tian ordinances, which the Jews did of the 
Mosaic ceremonies, and the traditions of the 
elders; and in this way, and in many others, 
"the letter" even of the New Testament kills, 
and it only gives life when accompanied by 
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. 

The idea, that the Gospel does not admit 
of a literal interpretation, is the acme of he- 
retical assumption, and the fruitful source of 
all the isms and schisms that has disgraced 
the Christian name in all the ages past. Sup- 
pose that we admit that we must substitute 
our judgment, or our opinions in the accepta- 



tion of Bible truth and knowing as we do 
that men's judgment and opinions are induc- 
ed by their desires and inclinations, what 
may, or may not be conceived in the imagi- 
native mind of depraved humanity. "The 
natural man receiveth not the things of the 
Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto 
him, neither can he know them, because they 
are spiritually discerned." Hence, the idea 
that to understand the Scriptures literally 
and to practice them accordingly, is impract- 
icable, is the outgrowth of the carnal mind, 
not fully brought into subordination to the 
will of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. For 
instance, we are told that we cannot obey the 
command, that we do not resist evil, that it 
would come in conflict with the law of our 
nature; it is true, that it is natural for us to 
resist evil, but it is also true, that when 
brought under the influence of the Christian 
spirit, human nature will yield, and we will 
realize that it is better to obey the command 
of our Master, than to resent insults and in- 
juries, or to repel them by force or legal 
process; because to do so would not be in ac- 
cord with the spirit of Christianity, and if a 
man should smite us on the right cheek, it 
would be wisdom to do like our Master, and 
take it patiently, and expose ourselves to 
further insults rather than to begin a contest 
by returning the blow. And if a man would 
sue me at the law, and take my coat; if the 
law gave it to him, it is reasonable to sup- 
pose he had a legal claim to it; and upon the 
same ground, I should let him take my 
cloak also; and if he took it fraudulently, I 
would better suffer it, than to be involved in 
the temptations and evils of seeking legal re- 
dress. And if a man would compel me to go 
with him a mile, it would be better to go 
with him two, than to quarrel about it. And 
to give to them that ask, or to lead to those 
who would borrow, presents no difficulty, for 
none would be inclined to ask or to borrow, 
unless they were in need; and in that case, no 
Christian would hesitate to lend or to give, 
if he had wherewith to supply their needs 
without injuring' himself. Christian love 
would suggest this, but by comparing spirit- 
ual things with spiritual, we are only requir- 
ed to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, 
(not more, hence not required to give or 
lend, BO as to materially injure ourselves.) 

Even so in all things, if we will take the 
Word of God in connection with the Spirit, 
compare Scripture with Scripture, get our- 
selves filled with the Spirit, there will be no 
difficulty in iinderstanding and practicing 
the literal teachings of the Gospel, without 
substituting the judgment and opinions of 
men. 

THE CLEARNESS OF THE CASE. 



BY .T. W. SGUTinYOOI). 



"If in the Bible I can find one clear case 
of baptism, which is not immersion, then the 
immersers are proved to be in the wrong. 
For they claim that baptism only and always 
means immersion. Suppose we try. Eead 
Mark 7: 4, 'And when they come from the 
market, except they wash, they eat not, and 



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many other things there be, which they have 
received to hold, as the washing of cupg and 
pots and brazen vessels and tables.' Open- 
ing my Greek Testament at this verse, I find 
the word translated 'wash' is 'baptisontai,' 
baptize. 'Except they baptize, they eat not.' 
Whenever 'the Pharisees and all the Jews' 
came from market, did they immerse them- 
selves before they ate? We know their cus- 
tom, — a servant poured water on their hands; 
this, Mark calls baptizing. Reading on in 
the Greek, the word 'washing,' I find, is 'bap- 
tismoHS,' 'the baptism of cups, pots, brazen 
vessels and tables.' Did the Jewish women 
immerse their tables every day, or pour on a 
little water and wash them? Here, then, the 
Bi'ole calls that baptism which cannot be im- 
mersion." 

The above is taken from a tract handed to 
me some time ago, in which the author 
(whose name is nut given), after noticing the 
above and two other cases of about the same 
import, uses the following language: "If in 
the Bible there can be found one clear case 
of baptism, which is not immersion, the dip- 
pers are beaten." Here are three such exam- 
ples. 

Oar attention was somewhat drawn to what 
might be called the clearness of the case 
above quoted. It is to the clearness of the? 
case then, that we desire to call attention 
briefly; we desire, however to first notice the 
way in which the matter is put relative to 
the claims of immersionists. The author, as 
above, says, "For they claim that baptism 
only and always means immersion." Immer- 
sionists admit that all Greek lexicographers 
of any note, give as the primary meaning of 
the word baptize, plunge, dip, or immerse, 
and that "no translator has ever ventured to 
render the words bapto or bapiizo by sprink- 
le or pour in any version." 

"And when they came from the market, 
except they wash, they eat not." He says, 
"Opening my Greek T»>stament at this verse, 
I find the word translated 'wash' is 'baptison- 
iai' baptize. Except they baptize, they eat 
not." 

The first idea is that "baptisontai" is ren- 
dered without any reference to the mode of 
washing; a person may wash by pouring wa- 
ter upon himself, or he may wash by putting 
himself into water. If it had been echco, 
then the mode of washing would have been 
by pouring, but as it is "baptisontai," it 
shows that the Jews' mode of washing was 
by immersion. Further he says, relative to 
their custom, "a servant poured water on 
their hands." In order to show how clear 
his side of the subject is, respecting this 
cleansing only being that of the hands as 
quoted above, we offer a few quotations: 
"Vatabus, a distinguished professor of He- 
brew, says "they bathed their whole persons." 
Grotius says, "They cleansed themselves 
more carefully from defilement contracted in 
the market, by immersion" {Quintcr and 
Snyder Debate, page 18:^). "It was thoii- 
selves and not merely their liands that they 
cleansed." From Lev. 17: 15, we learn that 
a Jew in order to a cleansing "washed his 
clothes and bat lied himself in water." 



Again, our tract author says, "Eeading on 
in the Greek, the word "washing," I find, is 
"baplismons," the baptism of cupa, pots, bra- 
zen vessels and tables." "Did the Jewish 
women immerse their tables every day, or 
pour on a little water and wash them? 
Here, then, the Bible called that baptism, 
which cannot be immersion." 

In answer to this mere assertion, we call 
up, "Try a converted Jew" who says, "Every 
Jew knows that whatever is to be purified by 
water, cups, pots, etc., it must, be done by im- 
mersion." {Quintcr cmd Snyder Debate, 
page 183. ) Mark the expression, "Every Jew 
knoivs" that it "must be done by immersion." 
From Lev. 11: 32, we learn the mode the 
Jews used in purifying their vessels was 
that of putting them into the water. It reads, 
"Whether it be any vessel of wood or rai- 
ment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it 
be, wherein any work is done, it must be put 
into water." 

There might be much more said relative 
to the above quotation, but believe we have 
given enough that his claimed clearness may 
be seen. _ 

HEAD-MAKKS. 



BY J. S. MOHLER. 



"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus." — Phil. 3: 14. 

Teachers, in order to stimulate their pu- 
pils to greater industry, offer "head-marks" 
to those standing at the head of the class. 
Pupils, having the largest number of those 
"head-marks," at the close of school, draw 
the highest prize; while those having fewer 
"head-marks" will draw inferior prizes. The 
offer of those prizes is a great inducement 
to study. 

About all the efforts that are made in the 
world, proceed from inducements of some 
kind. The merchant would discontinue his 
business, were it not for the inducement to 
get rich. The farmer would cease to plow, 
were it not for the prospect of reaping a 
good harvest. So with all other employ- 
ments. This is equally true of the Christian. 
The Christian would at once cease to fight 
against sin, and the pleasures, and honors of 
the world, were it not for the inducement of 
a glorious reward in the world to come. 

Moses was actuated by the same induce- 
ment when he refused to be called the son 
of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to 
suffer affliction with the people of God, than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, 
"having respect unto the recompense of re- 
ward." Heb. 11: 24, 25, 2G. Even Christ, 
endured what He did, with the knowledge 
that God woulil reward Him. Hence, Paul 
says of Christ, "Who for the joy that was 
set before him, endured the cross, despising 
the shame, and is set down at the right hand 
of the throne of God." Heb. 12: 2. Again. 
"For our light alHiction, which is but for a 
moment, worketh for us a far more exceed- 
ing and eternal weight of glory." 2 Cor. 4: 
17. "But lay up for yourselves treasures in 
heaven. Matt. G: 19. Paul also Bays in our 
text, in reference to himself: "I press toward 
the mark for the prize," etc. 



The world is God's great school-room. 
Christ, the great Master in grace says, 
"Learn of Me." The Christian looks up to 
Christ as his Teacher, and learns in His 
school every day; but, unfortunately, many 
of us are dull scholars. Christ says truly, 
"The children of this world are wiser in their 
generation, than the children of Light." Nat- 
urally, pupils do their utmost to obtain the 
"head-mark." So ought Christ's scholars ex- 
ert themselves; redouble their diligence; 
"having on the whole armor." "(^ait your- 
selves like men; endure hardness as good sol- 
diers of the cross." "Having done all to 
stand." 

The difference between a natural school, 
and the school of Christ is, that in the for- 
mer but one of the class can get the "head- 
mark" at a time; while in Christ's school, we 
can all get a "head-mark" every day, if we 
try. We should all try. When we do to 
others as we would have them do to us, 
"head-marks'" will be given. When we re- 
turn good for evil^ another one will be given. 
When we suppress our passions under pro- 
voking circumstances, another "head-mark 
will be noted. When we resist t&mptations, 
either to be dishonest, untruthful, proud, or 
intemperate, we can count on more "head- 
marks." The Christian mother who maintains 
an even, Christian dignity of temper, amidst 
the trials, cares, and duties of her household, 
will surely get many "head-marks." 

For all the kindness shown to those in dis- 
tress, even to the giving of a cup of water, 
"head marks ' will be given. Laying up 
treasures in heaven, or getting "head-marks" 
is not obtained so much by doing some great 
good, or great deed at once, but of a daily 
continuation of those little acts of kindness; 
attention to duty, watching little sins, guard- 
ing against little, naughty words, giving a 
nickel here, and a few nickels there. Thus, 
day by day, those precious drops of charity 
make up the sum total of our life. In this 
way we may get a "head-mark" every day. 

When the final day will come, the books 
will be opened, and the "head- marks" exam- 
ined, and if they exceed the marks of tardi- 
ness, our names will be found transferred to 
the Ledger — the Book of Life, and we will 
receive the approbation of the Great Teach- 
er. "Well done, good and faithful servant; 
enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." 



BUT OXi: WAV. 



Out of life there is but one gateway. The 
exit is so constant that it is never closed. — 
The approach to it is by different uaths, vary- 
ing in length. To some it is a loug, hard, 
tortuous journey; to others it is short, quick, 
direct. Life is a treadmill experience between 
its two boundaries, — the cradle, where it is 
nursed into strength and beauty; and the 
grave where, in weakness, it goes down to 
dust. " One generation passeth away, and 
another cometh." This is the epitome of hu- 
man history. It is a history of come and go, 
of give and take. God gives and we take 
joyfully; Goil takes and we give away sor- 
rowfully. The need of all is grace to be 
graceful. 



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THE aOSFEL l^IESSENGEIi. 



CHIPS KKOVI THE WORK-HOUSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



The Lord, just before ascending to heaven, 
gave to his church the great and far-reaching 
command, "Go into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature." This means 
in towns and cities, as much as in the coun- 
try. The per cent of population, even in the 
United States of America, is annually grow- 
ing proportionally larger. A soul saved in a 
town or city, is worth as much as in the coun- 
try. Christ and his apostles labored mostly 
in towns and cities, from whence their labor 
spread into the country. The brethren of 
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries la- 
bored mostly in the country, from whence 
their labors did not spread into the towns 
and cities, and hence the inhabitants of towns 
and cities are left without the gospel practice 
as the Brethren practice it. For this there 
certainly should be a remedy. 

Many of our church-houses could as well 
be in the towns, around which the members 
are located, as at some point in the country. 
Where they are in towns and the cause is in- 
telligently presented, the Brethren get their 
full share of the people into our churches 
and Sunday-schools, and may thus do them 
good, while if built at some point in the coun- 
try we get very few hearers from the towns, 
either to our churches or Sunday-schools. 
Let the Brethren who are contemplating 
building, remember the people in towns and 
cities, for "to every creature" cannot mean in 
the country only. 



WHAT IS OUR LIFE? 



BY E. A. GILMOUE, 



Could a more pertinent question be asked 
us? Can we spend a few moments of our 
time more profitably than by answering for 
ourselves this important question with care- 
fulness, with sincerity and with God's help? 
Let us lay aside for a short time the duties 
that are demanding oar attention, that we 
may examine ourselves and seriously reflect 
upon our present and past life to ascertain 
the object of our existence, our relation to 
God and His kingdom, and the amount of 
good that we have done. This ought to be 
done in the morning of life, in the vigor of 
youth, for when the shadows of evening gath- 
er around us, it will be too late — too late to 
repair an ill spent life of idleness, folly and 
disgrace. We can conceive of no spectacle 
of human life more sorrowful than that of an 
old man who has traveled the road of life and 
sits down at the end of his journey and for 
the last time looks back through the long 
vista of years to behold the pnnorama of his 
life which he spent in profiigticy and sin. 
What bitter remorse attends such reflections! 
Now, after it is too late, by liis mental vibiou 
he can see in the picture which he himself 
has painted by the actions of his life, where 
he heedlessly pasHed by the golden opportu- 
nities which form the crown of a life of use- 
fulness, in the eager pursuit of fancied pleag- 



ures, which, when obtained, is like the mirage 
of the desert which has deceived him and led 
him far from safetyl With unspeakable grief, 
and with face uptui ned to heaven he criet 
for time to turn back in its flight and place 
him again in his youth that he may choose 
aright. But his lamentation avails nothing. 
We live life but once. Regrets can do no 
good save as they inspire the heart of youth 
to seek a high and noble calling in life. 

The fact that we live proves to us that our 
Creator designed that we should live for some 
object. It is a great mission on which we are 
sent. Life is the choicest gift that heaven 
bestows on us; it is a gift committed to us, 
upon the keeping of which depend our possi- 
bilities of weal or woe. It is given to us in 
trust, and how we have used it, we must one 
day tell. If we hold this trust sacred in the 
sight t)f God, and keep the gift with wisdom, 
diligence and care, it shall be accompanied 
with the richest blessings and priceless boons 
that heaven can give us. 

Doubtless, many who read these lines are 
]ust entering upon the active duties of life. 
Their life to them is like an unread volume 
whose seal has not been broken, whose clasp 
has not been loosened. Its lids are beauti- 
fully ornamented with the golden letters of 
purpose and with bright pictures of fancy; 
its edges are tinted with the hope of a bright 
and happy future. The volume at first seems 
large, but afterwards it is not always found 
to be so. How eager they are to loosen the 
clasp, open the lids and read from this pre- 
cious volume; but in vain. Nothing but the 
hand of Time can open this book, and in his 
own season will he turn the pages while the 
recording angel writes the biography of the 
volume's owner. Histories are written not 
only of men who are great in the world's es- 
timation, but of every living soul. Were we 
to compare our autobiographies with the bi- 
ography as recorded by the angel, what a 
contrast would be seen! God's scrutinizing 
eye sees all our thoughts and actions, and all 
is written in his book of remembrance. 

One calm consideration will at once impress 
us with the fact that 

"Life is real, lite is earnest, 
And the grave is not its goal." 

And because this is a fact, we should meet 
life with manly courage, and fill each mo- 
ment with some good deed, word or thought. 
In no other one thing does a man who takes 
life in earnest show what manner of man he 
is more quickly than in his estimate of the 
value of time, which he shows by the way in 
which he uses it. Life is not a day too long 
to accomplish by diligent labor the noble 
deeds for which it was lent. No man can af- 
ford to lose a fragment of time. 

There will come a moment in every one's 
life when the beHtiag of a pulse will seem to 
them more awful thau the roar of many wat- 
ers. To an earnest person every moment of 
time is valued the same as if he were on his 
death- bed. Our life is short when compared 
to eternity. "As for man, his days are as 
grat-s; ae a fl )*ver of the field, so he fl mrish- 
eth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is 
gone." Notwithstanding life is short, yet it 



is long enough to lose our character and for- 
tune; if spent in profligacy and sin; it is long 
enough to fit us for the society of the damned 
and to send us forever to that region prepar- 
ed for the devil and his angels. On the oth- 
er hand it is long enough, too, if every mo- 
ment be rightly used, to give us joy and peace 
throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, to 
fit us for the society of the redeemed through 
Christ, and permit us to join that "great mul- 
titude, which no man could number," and 
"which came out of great tribulation, and 
have washed their robes, and made them 
white in the blood of the Lamb," 

To give life the same objects for which 
Christ lived, is the culminating point of the 
Christian theory of life. An eminent minis- 
ter once said: "Let a man once get thorough- 
ly wrought into and through his whole being 
the fact that this world ip to be converted to 
Jesus Christ, and that his own business here 
is to work into line with God's enterprise in 
this thing, and he cannot help realizing in 
his person the Christian theory of living. He 
will meditate on it, he will study it, he will 
inform himself about it, he will talk of it, he 
will work for it, he will dream of it, he will 
give his money to it, if need be he will sufi"er 
for it and die for it. Such a life of active, 
thoughtful sympathy with Christ will make 
a man of anybody. No matter who or what 
he is, no matter how poor, how ignorant, how 
small in the world's estimation, such a life 
will make him a gieat man. Angels will re- 
spect him; God will own him. 



WHAT ARE WE LIVING FOR? 



BY L. T. 8HELLABARGEB. 



No other question is so important as this, 
and yet a direct, verbal answer cannot be re- 
lied upon. We may know what we want to 
be living for, and may think we are living for 
that end, and yet bfe mistaken. If we want 
to live for heaven and for eternal life, it is 
not enough merely to affirm that that is what 
we are living for. The question is not an- 
swered in that way. The answer is contain- 
ed in all we do in our life-time. All the good 
we do is answering this important question 
right All the good we might do and fail to 
do is answering this question wrong. 

Doing good is the greatest mission of life, 
and can be accomplished in an endless num- 
ber of ways. Do you inquire ho w to do good ? 
Set a good example, be it to many or to few. 
Set a good example to your children in all 
you do and say. Be liberal. Liberality is, 
in a measure, the basis of Christian religion. 
It means giving money for benevolent pur- 
poses and it means much more. Liberality 
is a divine principle of which we have a sub- 
lime manifestation in the life and death of 
Christ. Look for a moment at the fact of 
Jesus leaving heaven and glory, not of neces- 
sity, nor for hope of gain, but to do others 
good. This was noble and God-like liberal- 
ity. It was HiH plan and purpose to do good 
for the sake of good. We have opportunities 
of imitating Him in this respect. Money giv- 
en for missionary pmposes is not payment 



TFIE aOSFEL MESSElvrGTHTl. 



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for anybody's salvatioo, for that is free, but 
it aflfords the taeans of traveliu^ to preach the 
gospel of Christ and to do good. As well 
might I object to giving money to build a 
church upon the grounds that salvation is 
free, as to object to giving money for mis- 
sionary purposes. How unreasonable and 
unwise for me to object to buying a Bible up- 
on the grounds that salvation is free. It is a 
fact that objections to giving money for be- 
nevolent purposes arises from an indisposi- 
tion to give, and is not far from wilful sin. 
Wilful sin consists in doing what we know 
ought not to be done; it also consists in leav- 
ing undone what we know ought to be done. 
Our benevolent deeds done here on earth will 
all be stored away in the vaults of the treas- 
ury department of heaven. To be usefully 
employed is helping to lay up treasures in 
heaven. We have temporal wants that must 
be supplied by manual labor, and it is not 
only right to work, but it is not living for 
heaven to deliberately refuse or neglect to 
work. The idea of there being things in hea- 
ven which belong to us, is a pleasing thought. 
flow apt we are to value some little relic 
from a distant land. It may be only a shell, 
a little piece of wood, or perhaps a piece of 
lava from some distant volcano. How much 
more we should value treasures in heaven! 
Every good deed we do, be it ever so little, 
is recorded in heaven; and these good deeds 
are the treasures. If we are so fortunate as 
to succeed in living for heaven, it may be 
that millions of years hence we can see the 
record of our good deeds done here. They 
would be relics from earth. I imagine, that 
among the angels and the just made perfect, 
these kind deeds, these treasures, these 
relics from earth will be interesting beyond 
description. "What am I living for?" Eead- 
er what are you living for? 



REPl^NTANCE. 



BY HENRY C. EARLY. 



Repentance is one of the primary doctrines 
of the Christian religion, and therefore shares 
largely in the expositions of both pulpit and 
press. Both dwell upon it with such force 
of argument and pathos that naturally im- 
presses one with the importance of the sub- 
ject. It is one of the first in point, both of 
importance and order. It deserves, there- 
fore, frt^quent and full investigation. 

Repentance is an act in which the sinner, 
with sorrow for his sine, forsakes them, which 
act is the culmination of the following meas- 
ures: 

1. The sinner is brought to himself, which 
leads him to see and feeJ, first, his utter des- 
titution and wretchedness, second, that in the 
Father's house there is bread enough and to 
spare, third, a deep sorrow for his sins, fourth, 
a willingness to confess his sins. Then comes 
the supreme action. He summons and calls 
to the front all his energies and courage and 
manhood and says, "1 will arise and go to my 
father," in which effort he realizes that his 
Fathtr's grace is sulUcient for him. Refer- 
ences, Mark 1: 14; Luke 15: 11-24; Rjm. 7: 



18-24; 2 Cor. 7: 9, 10; Eph. 3: 19; 1 John 1: 
9. 

It may sound startling to the sinner to hear 
it announced that he is beside himself, but 
that does not touch the fact of the matter. 
When he demands of his Father the goods 
that fall to him and starts off into a far 
country (and he gets there pretty soon too,) 
he steps bebide himself at once. That is to 
say he gets out of proportion to things and 
himself; scales eclipse his eyes; he fails to 
see life in its true colors and proper relation; 
he is blinded and goes on in blindness. The 
figure in the case of the prodigal demanding 
of his father his portion of goods must rep- 
resent the sinner demanding of God at the 
age of responsibility to do as he pleases. The 
sinner's demand is made practically, or rath- 
er by his practice he announces to God his 
stubborn determination which he flashes into 
his very face. 

The means employed to bring the trans- 
gressor to himself are varied, and in many in- 
stances cutting and thorough. It is only by 
the most overwhelming measures that the 
stubborn sinner will stop in his mad course 
to consider, in which survey he sees and feels 
his own destitution and wretchedness. The 
poor prodigal down there among the swine is 
a fair picture of the poyerty and wretched- 
ness of sin. How painful! How poor, abso- 
lutely poor, is the sinner! Out in the cold 
world with those as poor and wretched as 
himself, freezing and perishing with no means 
of relief, when all are working to appear rich. 
How is it possible to be poorer than the sin- 
ner with nothing, nothing? His life demands 
living food, but none in sin; his life demands 
communion with God, but no communion 
with the Father of Spirits in sin. How utter- 
ly destitute and wretched! The sinner, see- 
ing this, continues to think, and his thinking 
becomes more Serious and earnest. Feeling 
his stubborn hunger and keen thirst, he says. 
Is there no bread and is there no water in all 
this broad realm given to man? The answer 
originates in his own experience, "How many 
hired servants of my father's have bread 
enough and to spare, and I perish with hun- 
ger?" What a contrast! The poor, helpless 
sinner out in the world starving, when even 
the hired servants of the Father's kingdom 
have more than bread enough. If the hired 
servants in the Father's kingdom have more 
than enough, what must be the share of the 
direct* and immediate heirs? No wonder the 
prodigal felt inspired with this thought. But 
this is not enough; the sinner must make 
some sort of compensation for the offers 
tendered. He must have a broader concep- 
tion of the issues involved than his starving 
on the one hand and ilie abundance of bread 
on the other. He must feel a deep sorrow 
for his sins. And nice di»crimiuation must 
be made here. Paul divides sorrow into two 
classes — worldly and godly, each having its 
own inevitable course and end. Now the sin- 
ner declares that he is sorry for his sins. 
Why ? Here is a man of average social and 
moral standing. He comes in contact with 
temptations and allows them to llmg him flat 
into the duet; for the time he saorifloes every 



consideration of self-respect and manhood 
and smothers in the struggle every impulse 
of fidelity to God. After it is all over except 
God's waiting and burning wrath, he eays he 
is sorry. Why? Because he has lost his so- 
cial and moral standing in the world, and be- 
cause he has lost his own self-recpect and 
confidence. He does not once think of God. 
Such sorrow is worth but little, if anything. 

The. important thing for the sinner is to 
feel that he has offended God, and let this 
sink to the bottom of his heart with a weight 
of intolerable sorrow. This feeling can as- 
sume such proportions only as his respect 
and reverence for God will allow. Sorrow 
must have love for its foundation. In the ab- 
sence of love there can be no sorrow. So the 
love of the Father is the pivotal fact in the 
work of repentance. And this sorrow found- 
ed upon the love of God must be sufficient, 
not only to lift the sinner above the deliber- 
ate transgression of His law, but must hum- 
ble him sufficiently to confess his sins. 

That which makes a mockery of confession 
of sin ordinarily is a false shame and a false 
pride. True godly sorrow for sin, with a liv- 
ing conception of its dreadful end, carries 
away false shame and false pride as the dew 
of the morning. In this case we are asham- 
ed not to confess. Notice the prodigal in 
this view of the case. He fixes up his con- 
fession (and it is a genuine one, too,) before 
he starts back to his father's house. But be- 
fore the poor boy can get his confession off, 
his father embraces and kisses him, and calls 
for the best robe, a ring on his finger, shoes 
on his feet and the fatted calf to be killed, 
and his enraptured soul finds expression in 
these charming words, "For this my son was 
dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is 
found." There is no promise of forgiveness 
without confession. "If we confess our sins 
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins 
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

Having experienced the foregoing meas- 
ures, the sinner is lead to say, "I will arise." 
The act and fact of repentance itself are em- 
bodied in the sinner's act of arising and go- 
ing to his Father as the result of the above 
experiences. Repentance, therefore, is mo- 
mentary, and the work preparatory to it not 
necessarily long. The idea that it takes a 
man weeks, mouths and even years to repent, 
is without support from the Bible in work or 
example. This very notion, imbibed from 
the soft, sentimental, unmanly teaching of 
these last days, deceives vast multitudes and 
puts them right into the devil's hands. Re- 
pentance rests upon solid facts as shown, and 
not upon animal inspiration, death-bed stor- 
ies, graveyard scenes and mourners' bench 
notions. Repentance is a voluntary act and 
not involuntary as some vainly think, because 
God commands us to repent, and makes us 
responsible for observing it, and because it 
accords with man's free, moral agency. 

Now, in conclusion, let me urge you, my 
unconverted friend, to repentance. And do 
it nowf there is no better time thau now. It 
will never be easier. You will never get a 
warmer reception. The church stands with 
outstretothed arms to receive you. Repent! 



oo 



THE ClOSPEL MESSEiSraER. 



THE WANTS OF THE CHURCH. 



BY I, J. ROSENBERGEB. 



Viewing the church as heaven's own plant- 
ing, it might seem that our subject is not rel- 
evant, to which the psalmist adds, "The Lord 
is my shepherd, I shall not want;" but be it 
remembered, that while the Lord in general 
supplies our wants, yet we are, in some de- 
gree, left to supply each other's wants, to 
which Paul alludes when he bids the elders 
at Ephesus "take heed unto yourselves, and 
to all the flock over which the Holy Ghost 
hath made you overseers, to feed the church 
of God." The wants of the church occur on 
the part committed to man. 

Some one said, with an air of truth, that 
the church is in want of evangelists to fill the 
constant and increasing calls for the bread 
andwaterof life. That there are many church- 
es that need reviving to move its inmates to 
faithful duty, is only too true. "If we only 
had a house in which to worship," says an- 
other, "the cause with us would move along." 
The want of houses of worship, in many 
places, has been sensibly felt. There has 
been a measure adopted, by Annual Meeting, 
to secure a church-house building fund, to 
meet the above want. 

The church is in want of more active work- 
ers, who are alive in the cause, who have mor- 
al courage to put their shoulder to the wheel, 
when an opportunity of doing good is ajfford- 
ed them. While the above and even more as 
wants of the church exist, our observa- 
tion and experience has led us to conclude, 
that the present great want of the church is, 
elders that will conduct the affairs of the 
church with greater care and prudence. The 
defective manner of brethren doing church 
business and executing church discipline, is 
the great retarding lever to the church to- 
day. Of this the elders stand in importance 
at the head of the list. Paul presents a 
grand, practical truth in giving the qualifica- 
tions of an elder or bishop, when he requires 
that they be those who "rule well their own 
house," and likewise that they be "not a nov- 
ice" (a beginner), "lest they be lifted up." 

Paul would have men's faithfulness prov- 
en, before they are assigned the important 
responsibility of elders. The work commit- 
ted to other officials of the church, including 
deacons, is likewise of no little importance. 
The manner of paying visits to members in 
troubles and disposing of their cases, has 
much to do with the prosperity of the church. 
Much of this rests upon the officials. I find 
much of the inactivity, coldness and existing 
difficulties in the various churches are to be 
traced to some defects in church government. 
We rarely fiad the talent of administering 
the word and the talent of governing in the 
same brother. While the principal' calls, to- 
day, are for the former, we remark that the 
wants of the church loudly call for the latter. 
It is apparent that our largest and most 
flourishing congregations are under the care 
of brethren of ordinary talent in administer- 
ing the word. 

The simple scene of a body of plain, devot- 
ed members of our fraternity, in their wor- 



ship of love together, is a swift argumenc of 
truth to all unprejudiced, seeking minds. It 
is a living argument, and has a telling effect 
wherever presented. It is good to hear, but 
better to see. Christ bade those messengers 
to go and tell John what they saw. It is both 
pleasant and of interest to gather souls into 
the church, but we call attention to the press- 
ing necessity of taking betcer care of those 
already gathered into the fold. "A penny 
saved is worth two earned." 

NEW YEAR'S DAY MUSINGS. 



BY R. W. HUFFORD. 



Another year is now past, and its era will 
only be known, to us, in the records of his- 
tory, or in the reflection of thought. We 
can retrace in thought what cares and trials 
we were made to realize, or of the seasons of 
enjoyment we had, but those scenes will no 
more return. To many of us, no doubt, the 
past year has been an eventful one. Things 
happened that will not soon be erased from 
our memories. Some of us have been sepa- 
rated from friends that were near and dear 
to us. Death made its way into many fami- 
lies, taking away those we least expected. 

At the beginning of the year their pros- 
pect to live the year out, bid as fair as any 
of ours. But alas! — the sun had not made 
many visits till they had to bid adieu to 
things of this earth. Some were taken in 
midsummer; others lived on a little while 
longer, but before the year expired, we saw 
them laid away m the silent tomb. While 
in our solitude, we think upon these things, 
thoughts of importance are pressed upon our 
rainds. Whose turn will it be next? Death 
is certain and life is uncertain, and very like- 
ly some of us must bid a<lieu to scenes of 
mortality before this year closes. Hence 
the importance of living a life accepted of 
God, that we may at any time be willing to 
say, "Welcome, death, we will gladly go with 
thee." 

There is a death that should concern us 
more than the death of the body, and that is 
the death of the soul. The former we can- 
not evade, but the latter we can. It is our 
privilege to live in peace with God, that we 
will not have to bear the consequences of the 
second death. Christ said, "Fear not them 
that kill the body, but are not able to kill 
the soul, but rather fear him which is able to 
destroy both soul and body in hell." It is a 
fact, that the majority of the human race 
has a greater concern for the welfare of the 
body than for the soul. O, could the scales 
fall from the eyes of many poor souls that 
they could comprehend the Savior's language, 
"What can a man give in exchange for his 
soul?" We may gain wealth, fame or honor 
here in this world, but that will not purchase 
our soul's salvation in the great day of ac- 
counts. There is a work for each individual 
to do, who has arrived ai the years of under- 
standing, and now is the time to do that 
work. We trustingly hope that many poor 
sinners will be induced to quit working for 
Satan, and work for their Creator, God, who 



made them, who preserves their lives, and 
gives them every blessing they enjoy. May 
they, in this coming year, give their hearts 
to Jesus, and continue in his service until 
death, so that they may receive a happy in- 
heritance in heaven, which is by far better 
than to serve Satan and the sinful pleasures 
of this world for so short a time, and at last 
be driven to eternal woe and misery. May 
we all have more craving after righteousness, 
especially we who have named the name of 
Jesus, so that we may not fall short of enter- 
ing that rest which is promised to the faith- 
ful ones, is the prayer of your unworthy 
servant. 



TWO QUESTIONS. 



BY 0. H. BALSBAUGH. 



Hard to answer, because Christ is far away, 
not only in time and space, but in fact. He 
was often misunderstood when on earth, ev- 
en by His disciples, simply because God in- 
carnate was an unintelligible reality to them. 
There are expressions in the teachings of 
Christ which we do our best to interpret con- 
trary to their obvious meaning, because we 
find it so utterly self-annihilative to be and 
do what they require. 

Such words as progressive and conserva- 
tive, and the shameful conditions they indi- 
cate, would never have gained prominence in 
our ecclesiastical vocabulary, had not the 
cross of Christ been wofully discounted. 
When preachers of acknowledged ability and 
influence make a public boast of religious 
progress because in certain quarters the 
Brotherhood tolerates hats for sisters, where 
a few years ago expulsion would have been 
the alternative, I feel like hanging my head 
for very shame. If such a fact, or anything 
kindred to it, is a sufficient justification to 
rend the church of God, I would not snap 
my finger for the superiority of the Divine 
Incarnation over Buddhism. We will never 
get into the moral power of the cross, until 
we accept the radical, total chasm between 
Christ, the begotten of God, and Mary, the 
daughter of Adam, Abraham and David. 
Neither old order nor new order has any high 
ethical significance save as identical with the 
order established in the Person of Emman- 
uel^ 

Before me are two anonymous letters ask- 
ing these questions: Is Luke G: 30 to be tak- 
en literally, and what use can we make indi- 
vidually and now of Rev. 20. GravQ ques- 
tions, with flesh crushing answers. They 
equally test our faith to the utmost. What 
says the Divine infleshing in Christ to both? 
Have we a right to give an answer that .con- 
travenes that fact? AVe are not wantonly to 
cast pearls before swine, nor give holy things 
to dogs, neither will swine and dogs ask for 
them. The devil's Buggestion to Jesus in the 
wilderness had grand, solid truth at bottom, 
but it was the devil's suggestion and that vi- 
tiated all. Right there the devil was put in 
chains, or placed under fresh limitations, al- 
though he had been in fetters from the time 
of his expulsion from Heaven. 2 Pet. 2: 4, 
Jude G. But when dogs approach Christ and 



THEE aOSPEL MESSENOER. 



heg the crumbs under bis table, He not only 
gives, but liberally and with marked com- 
mendation. Matt. 15: 21-28. When Jesus 
reveals Himself to us, through whatever 
channel or agent. He invariably carries "a 
great chain in bis hand," and if we allow Him 
his will. He will lay hold on the dragon, that 
old Serpent, which is the Devil, and Sdtan, 
and will bind him for a time synchronous 
with His purpose. The binding and unbind- 
ing of the Devil has its specific providential 
ends. He was allowed a long chain with 
Job, and when the Divine Purpose was gain- 
ed, the dragon had his links shortened. Rev. 
20 is cosmic in its application; but it is no 
less microcosmic. The scant honor we col- 
lectively put on Luke 6:30, shows that the 
old Serpent has a much longer chain than is 
consistent with our profession. How to treat 
our fellows and the Devil, we learn in God 
Incarnate. 

RANDOM READINGS. 



BY W. H. R008E. 



I 



— "A PARTICULAR want of good sense in 
many sensible people, consists in their not 
knowing how to interpret what another has 
said, when he has not said it precisely as he 
should have done." 

— "There is a burden of care in getting 
riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in 
using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in 
losing them, and a burden of account to be 
given up concerning them." 

— "He is not poor who hath not much, but 
he who would have more. Want lies in wish- 
ing; he Jacks most that longs most; none so 
rich as he that does not covet, but condemns; 
he hath all that desires nothing; he hath con- 
tent, and content is all." 

— "The heroic soul does not sell its justice 
and its nobleness. It does not ask to dine 
nicely and to sleep warm. The essence of 
greatness is the perception that virtue is 
enough. Poverty is its ornament. It does 
not need plenty, and can very well abide its 
loss." — Emerson. 

— "Manners are the shadows of virtues, the 
"momentary display of those qualities which 
our fellow creatures love and respect. If we 
strive to becomp, then, what we strive to ap- 
pear, manners may often be rendered useful 
guides to the performance of our duties." 

— "One day you will be pleased with a 
friend, and the next day disappointed in him. 
It will be so to the end, and you must make 
up your mind to it and not quarrel, iinless for 
very grave causes, lour friend, you have 
found out, is not perfect. " Nor are you, and 
you cannot expect much more than you give. 
You must look for weakness, foolishness and 
vanity in human nature; it is unfortunate if 
you are too sharp in seeing them." 

— "We may have high-born notions of our 
inborn excellence, and very low opinions of 
the world's powers of discrimination in fail- 
ing to recognize that, which touH, is undoubt- 
ed genius, but we must remember that to be 
great in our own estimation is to take a ft)ol 
at his own estimate, and the world is to be 
pardoned for not partaking of our folly. The 



world knows its own requirements, and read- 
ily acknowledges all true service rendered, 
and the reason why it honors whom it does, 
is because no worthier m«u exist." 

SOaiE OBSERVATIONS ON PRAYER. 



BY N. M BURKHOLDER. 



True devotion consists in having our hearts 
always devoted to God as the sole fountain 
of all happiness; and who is ready to hear 
and to help his otherwise helpless and miser- 
able creatures. It is obtained 

1. By earnest prayer. "He that hungers 
after righteousness will certainly be filled." 

2. By possessing our hearts with a deep 
sense of our misery and sinfulness, our wants 
and danger. 

3. By considering God's goodness, power, 
and readiness to help; and his precious prom- 
ises in Christ. 

4. By convincing our hearts of the vanity 
of everything else to afford us any real help 
or comfort. 

Dying persons are generally more devout 
than others, because they then see their mis- 
ery, that nothing in this world can help them, 
and that God is their only refuge. 

He that has learned to pray as he ought, 
has got the secret of a holy life. 

Make it a law to yourself to meditate be- 
fore you pray, and also to make certain paus- 
es, to see if your heart goes along with your 
lips. They whose heart desires nothing, 
pray for nothing. 

He that would be devout, must beware of 
indulging a habit of wandering in prayer; it 
is a crime that will grow upon us, and de- 
prive us of the happiness we pray for. 

The best way to prevent wandering in 
prayer is not to let our mind wander too 
much at other times, but to have God always 
in our miud in the whole course of our lives, 

We must change our lives if we desire to 
change our hearts. God will have no regard 
to the prayers of those wlio have none to his 
commands. 

The spirit of God will not dwell in a di- 
vided heart. We cannot feel the pleasures 
of devotion while the world is our delight. — 
Not that all pleasures are criminal, but the 
closer our union with the world, the less our 
mind with God. 

Avoid as much as may be multiplicity of 
business. Neither the innocency nor the 
goodness of our employment will excuse, if 
it possess our hearts when we are praying to 
God. 

Never intermit devotion if yo\; can help it; 
you will return to your duty like Sampson 
shorn of his locks, weak and indifi'erent as 
other people of the world. 

The oftener we renew our intercourse with 
God, the greater will be our devotion. Fie- 
quent prayer, as it is an exercise of holy 
thoughts, is a most natural remedy against 
the power of sin. The Christian must strive 
habitually to cultivate the company of Christ 
He loves to sup with those who love to sup 
with him. 

The end of pmyer is not to inform God, 
but to give a man a sight of his own misery 



and sinfulness; to raise his soul towards 
heaven, and to put him in mind that there is 
his Father and his inheritance. 

Importunity makes no change in God, but 
is creates in us such dispositions as God 
thinks proper to reward. 

It is a rudeness among men to ask a favor 
and not stay for an answer. And do we count 
it no fault to pray for blessings and never 
think of them afterwards— never to wait for 
them? Let us not run over our prayers with 
an insensible and distracted mind. 

Let your prayer be as particular as may 
be against the sins of your particular state, 
for the graces which you in particular do 
most stand in need of. This is the best pre- 
servative against sin; makes us best acquaint- 
ed with our condition; puts us continually in 
mind of mending what is amis^; and lets us 
see what particular, graces are most needful 
for the cure of our particular disorder. 

The devil knows when we have a relish for 
prayer, and apply ourselves in good earnest 
to it that we are in the way of life; he there- 
fore strives by every way possible to divert 
us. 

To begin and end the day with God, is the 
likeliest way to make servants faithful, chil- 
dren dutiful, wives obedient, and husbands 
sober, loving and careful; every one acting 
as in the sight of God. 

This is the way to entail piety upon the 
generations to come. 

God will deny us no good thing that we 
really desire and ask in the name of his Son, 
when we offer up our prayer through his me- 
diation; it is then he that pi-ays; his love 
that intercedes; his blood that pleads. 

Very many are the evil consequences of 
going without God, into a world full of dan- 
gers and temptations, which of ourselves we 
can neither foresee nor escape. Whoever 
considers this, and the infinite mischief 
which may follow, will never venture abroad 
without praying for God's guidance, protec- 
tion and blessing, every morning of his life. 

How beautiful the calm composure and se- 
renity of God's saints, witnessed in their 
daily history. They go forth amidst the per- 
turbations of a busy life, not knowing what 
the day may bring forth to them, in trials 
and atttictions, in accidents or sudden death, 
in distresses of body or of miud, in losseq or 
sore bereavements; but they go forth, saying: 
"I will not fear evil tidings; my heart is fix- 
ed, trusting in the Lord " They are not con- 
sidering how they shall act in this or that 
case, but they are endeavoring so to be filled 
with the company of Christ, that they may 
everywhere bear themselves acceptably to his 
spirit. 

The neglect of prayer is very often pun- 
ished by God It^aving men to themselves and 
to their own selfish ways and tatttes, which 
ever did and ever will end in their ruin. 



Many a true heart th'tt would have come 
back like the dove in the ark after th»> first 
trauHgressiou, has been frightened beyond 
recall by the angry look and menace^ the 
tiuut, and the savage repulae of hu unforgiv- 
ing soul. 



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Br ethren's Publishing ('o., Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., 111. 
Brethken's Publishing Co., Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 
Hymti Bookn and Hymnals to be sent by mail may be 
■jrdered from either place. When to be sent by Express, order 
from the nearest office 



Mt. Morris 111., 



- Jan. 13, 1885. 



During the last week in December, seven 
were baptized in the Mt. Zion church, Tus- 
carawas Co., Ohio. 



Bro. p. H. Kurtz says, "One more soul 
has been received into the fold of Christ by 
baptism in the Elkhart Valley church, Ind." 

In Bro. J. Knisely's article in Messenger, 
Dec. 2-3, 1884, read Solomon Mattes instead 
of S. Motes. A mistake of the type-setters. 

Some one at Hillham, Ind., sends us an or- 
der for books and encloses stamps to pay for 
them, but fails to sign his name. To whom 
shall we send the books? 



Two more were baptized at Waterloo on 
the 30th ult. Bro. Calvert goes from Water- 
loo to Grundy Centre, where he is no doubt 
now preaching the word of truth. 

Brethren John Metzler andH. W. Kreigh- 
baum, of Ind., are working in the mission 
field. They are now in Ohio. May the Lord 
bless their labors to the good of the cause. 



Bro. Jas. Peiiley, of New Paris, Ind., says, 
at a recent quarterly council, Bro. Solomon 
Strieker was elected to the office of deacon 
and Bro. J. R. Miller advanced in the minis- 
try. 

Bro. Daniel Vaniman preached for us 
whilst here attending the meeting of the 
Mission Board. On Tuesday evening Bro. 
Enoch Eby preached in the Chapel. The 
meetings were well attended and the interest 
excellent. 

One of our ministering brethren says: "The 
reports from all parts of the Brotherhood are 
very encouraging, and I am stired up by the 
example of others to go into the mission field 
myself." We hope to hear of many more be- 
ing inspired in the same way. There are sev- 
eral hundred brethren who ought to be out 
in the field working for the Master. Now is 
the time to go. Wait not for a more conven- 
ient season. The fields are already white to 
harvest. Tarry not by the way lest the blood 
of perishing souls be required at your hands. 



Next week we will publish the report of 
the Treasurer of the Church Erection and 
Missionary Committee. All should read it. 

Bro. E. A. Orr held a series of interesting 
meetings with the brethren at Milledgeville, 
III, during the holidays, and we understand 
that Bro. Jesse Calvert will also visit there 
during the winter. 



Bro. Albert Price and wife, from the Pine 
Creek church, this county, recently moved to 
Florida. They reached their new home in 
safety and are now enjoying the mild climate 
of the Sunny South. 



Not to believe the gospel is to bring con- 
demnation. To preach another gospel is to 
be accursed. To add to the gospel of Jesus 
is to have part in the plagues threatened 
therein. To take from the gospel is to have 
taken from us the promised blessings. 



Bro. John M. Mohler writes us that hs 
spent from Nov. 22 to Dec. 20, 1884, laboring 
with the brethren in Lancaster Co., Pa. — 
Meetings were held at Ephrata and at East 
Petersbuig, and seventeen souls were made 
willing to walk in newnees of life. 



Bro. Daniel Hays' article, "What Public 
Speakers Should Avoid," which appeared in 
the first number of the Messenger for this 
year, is full of practical hints and good ad- 
vice to those interested. Read it over again, 
study it carefully and practice what it teach- 
•es. It will help you in the work that the 
Lord has given you to do. 



Our brother, Dr. Peter Fahrney, of Chica- 
go, has had printed, at this office, a large edi- 
tion of his paper, called The Surprise, which 
has been mailed to many of our subscribers. 
The Doctor has push and enterprise, two ele- 
ments necessary to success in any calling. — 
His remedies are well known to our people, 
and have a high reputation for their curative 
qualities. 

We have just received a long and encour- 
aging letter from our dear brother Hope, in 
Denmark. He reports that the cause is pro- 
gressing, notwithstanding the opposition he 
has to meet. He sends love and greetings to 
all the churches in America, and makes a spe- 
cial request that the brethren a ad sisters 
here hold up the mission work in Europe in 
their prayers. Let us not forget to pray for 
the success of the cause in Denmark. 



We received, at this office, during the year 
1884, 10,024 letters. Bro. Amick handled 
this large mail, and, so far as we can learn, 
but comparatively few mistakes occurred. — 
Where errors have been found, it was owing 
to a want of proper directions. Few, who 
have not tried it, can realize the amount of 
labor required to attend to so many letters, 
and the labor might be lessened greatly, if 
all who write to the office would be careful to 
write their address plainly, giving post-office, 
county and state in every letter sent to us. — 
Will our correspondents please adopt this 
rule, and thus save Bro. Amick much need- 
less perplexity? 



Bro. C. D. Hylton writes us that a great 
work is being done in the churches in Floyd 
Co., Va. The power of God is manifested 
among them, and many precious souls are be- 
ing gathered into the fold of Christ. Breth- 
ren Dove and Crosswhite, of Tennessee, are 
preaching for them and the meetings still 
continue, and we hope to hear of many more 
being added to the church. 



Let us provoke one another to good works. 
If we ALL labor for peace and harmony in 
the family, in the neighborhood, and in 'the 
church, we shall soon reap a bountiful har-- 
vest of joy. It is better by far to thus labor 
and grow strong ourselves in the spiritual 
life, than to dig and delve with heads bowed 
down, never once looking up to the crown 
that awaits us. God help us to look up. 



Five students of the Virginia Normal 
School were baptized on the 19th ult., and 
others are near the kingdom. We are glad 
to know that our schools are not only train- 
ing their students intellectually, but that they 
are leading them to Christ. Religious train- 
ing should always have precedence. "Seek 
first the kingdom of heaven," and then, with 
faith in God and honest endeavor on our part, 
the rest will be added. 



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o.' 



Bro. Jesse Crosswhite's letter, in another 
column, brings news of a wonderful outpour- 
ing of God's spirit in Virginia. One hun- 
dred and twenty-three were baptized during 
a series of twenty meetings, and many more 
were almost persuaded. Surely, we have 
cause to praise God and rejoice that He is 
graciously remembering his people. From 
many parts of the Brotherhood come good 
news and there seems to be a general awak- 
ening. May the good work go on until every 
congregation in the Brotherhood may have a 
time of refreshing from the presence of the 
Lord. 

A GOOD brother who has labored much for 
the Messenger, says, in a letter just receiv- 
ed: "There is a complaint that some of the 
articles in the paper ere too long, and not 
strength enough in them for hungry souls to 
subsist upon. Urge brevity, and if contribu- 
tors do not comply, boil the articles down 
yourselves, so as to get only the substance. 
Short, spicy articles are always read with 
profit." We submit the above for the care- 
ful consideration of our contributors. There 
are some subjects that cannot be treated in 
short articles, but in writing upon such ques- 
tions, give strength and substance rather 
than mere words and phrases. 



JEROME OF PRAGUE. 



In the turbulent and stormy period that 
preceded the Reformation, the voice of hon- 
est protest was often raised against the cor- 
ruptions and iniquities of Rome; but until 
Luther's time the voice of the reformer was 
stified amidst the smoke and flt^mes of the 
martyr's stake. Unable to meet the argu- 
ments of Hus and his co-workers, the coun- 
cil of Constance condemned them to be burn- 
ed for heresy. Closely associated with Hub 



THE aOSPET. MESSEISraEK. 



25 



in his reformatory work, stood Jerome of 
of Prague. He was born in the city of 
Prague, somewhere between 1360 and 1370. 
After completing his studies in the Univer- 
sity of Prague, he went to Oxford, England, 
where he became acquainted with the teach- 
ings and doctrines of Wycliffe. Upon his re- 
turn to Prague, he at once became a disciple 
of Hus, and took a prominent part with him 
in his controversy with the Established 
Church. He gained a great reputation for 
learning and wisdom, and was placed at the 
head of the Poland University at Cracow. — 
But his public preaching brought him under 
suspicion of heresy, and he fled from the 
country, and took refuge in Vienna. Here 
he was arrested and thrown into prison, but 
on the intervention of his friends in Prague, 
he was released. He now boldly joined Hus 
in his native city, and together they labored 
unceasingly to correct the gross errors of the 



Hus was cited to appear at Constance in 
1415, and hither Jerome followed his belov- 
ed teacher and friend, determined to do what 
he could for the release of his master. But 
when he heard and saw the dangers by which 
his friend was surrounded, his heart failed 
him and he fled. He was, however, arrested 
and brought before the council, where, after 
a most rigorous imprisonment that lasted for 
some ononths, he, like Peter, denied his faith, 
and made a public recantation. Eepenting 
bitterly of his weakness, he publicly avowed 
his repentance. On the 26ht of May, 1416, 
he was again brought before the council. All 
his timidity had left him, and . he boldly de- 
clared, in a solemn voice, his devotion to the 
cause for which Hus had died. He said, "Of 
all the sins that I have committed since my 
youth, none weigh so heavily on my mind, 
and cause me such remorse, as that which I 
committed in this evil place when I approved 
of the iniquitous sentence given against Wy- 
cliffe, and against the holy martyr, John 
Hus, my master and friend." He was con- 
demned to be burned at the stake as a re- 
lapsed heretic, and on the first dp,y of June, 
of the same year, he marched boldly and with 
cheerful countenance to the stake. He ask- 
ed the executioner to light the fire in front 
of him, saying: "Had I the least fear, I 
should not be standing in this place." His 
ashes, like those of Hus, who had died in 
like manner, at the same place the year be- 
fore, were gathered up and thrown into the 
river Rhine. 



THE DEDICATION AND COMMUNION 

MKETINU IN THE MOHICAN 

CUUKCH, OHIO. 



The Brethren of the Mohican church, 
Wayne Co., Ohio, did not get their new house 
of worship completed and ready to hold meet- 
ing in before Nov. 30. They had expected to 
have it ready for use at an earlier day. We 
had promised to be with them on the oooa- 



sion of opening their new house, if no otter 
engagement would interfere. It was our 
privilege to be present on the occasion. We 
had visited this church in the fall of 1883, 
and it was while we were with the Brethren 
at that time, that they decided to build a 
new hoase. This was found necessary, as the 
old house had ceased to be comfortable and 
convenient. 

The new house is a very comfortable and 
convenient building. Instead of having a 
bBsement story for entertaining the Brethren 
on Communion occasions, it is so planned 
that a part of the general audience room can 
be used for that purpose. There is a falling 
partition which separates the audience room 
proper, from the other part of the building. 
By letting the partition down, preparation 
can be made for entertaining the Brethren, ei- 
ther at the Love-feast or on any other occa- 
sion. When the preparation is made, the 
partition is raised, and the whole of the room 
can be occupied with satisfaction and com- 
fort. 

The house is very convenient, very commo- 
dious and very neatly finished. While its 
neatness and good finish are to be admired, 
there is nothing about it extravagant or 
gaudy. It is built close to the old house. — 
This will be removed. The cost of the build- 
ing was stated on the day of its dedication, 
but we do not now remember the exact 
amount; it was something over four thousand 
dollars. Eundp had been secured to nearly 
cover the amount the house cost — so near 
that the Brethren made no collection at the 
dedication. There seems to have been a good 
deal of liberality manifested by the Brethren 
and their friends and neighbors in contribut- 
ing funds for the building of the house. — 
Such liberality is very commendable. And 
a want of liberality in contributing funds 
to build houses to promote the worship 
of God, and the salvation of men, where 
the means are possessed, shows a want of the 
true spirit of Christianity. There was a large 
and attentive congregation present at the de- 
dicatory services. 

On Lord's day morning, before the dedica- 
tory services commenced, the Sabbath-school 
of the Mohican church held a short session. 
It was the closing session of the year. There 
were some addresses delivered, and some oth- 
er services performed, but the general exer- 
cises of the school were omitted. We were 
pleased with the appearance of the school. — 
It seems to be in a prosperous condition. — 
The Brethren of the Mohican church had 
made arrangements to have a Communion 
service on the sixth of December. They 
wished to continue the meeting after the dedi-- 
cation until the Communion meeting. We 
had not expected to remain so long with the 
Mohican brethren, bat we consented to stay. 
The meeting continued, and increased in in- 
terest to the close. A part of the time, ser- 
vice was held twice a day. We had a very 



good meeting. The members of the church 
did not only seem to enjoy it, but what was 
still better, they seemed to be profited by it. 
We felt that it was a profitable season for us 
all. 

Owing to the rain on Saturday, and the 
cold, wet and stormy weather on Sunday, the 
Communion meeting was not as large as it 
, would have been under more favorable cir- 
cumstances. But notwithstanding the wet 
weather, the members attended very well, and 
we had a very quiet, solemn and refreshing 
season in waiting upon the Lord, in the use 
and practice of the ordinances of the church. 

On Sunday morning, though the weather 
was disagreeable, there was a good congrega- 
tion assembled. This was the last meeting 
of the series, and it was a very precious time. 
At the close of the meeting there were sever- 
al candidates for baptism. Proper attention 
was given to them, and as candidates for bap- 
tism they were received. 

After the morning services closed, prepara- 
tions were made for dinner, and the congre- 
gation invited to partake of the refreshment 
that was provided. After the meeting closed, 
it was ascertained that there were several 
others besides those that had applied for bap- 
tism, that were concerned about their salva- 
tion. We hope their concern brought them 
to Jesus, and that they found peace in believ- 
ing in his name. 

As Bro. Samuel Garver, of Medina county, 
returned home before the baptism, and as he 
kindly offered to take us to West Salem, at 
which place we wanted to take the cars in the 
evening, we thankfully accepted his offer, and 
as the brethren were getting ready to go to 
the water to baptize, we left to pursue our 
journey, regretting that we could not accom- 
pany tlie Brethren to the water, where the 
ordinance of baptism was to be performed. 

Besides Bro. S. Garver, above named, Bro. 
Wm. Murray, an elder in the Ashland county 
church, and Bro. D. N. Workman, also of the 
Ashland coianty church, were with us all the 
time of the meeting. Elders G. Irwin, W. 
Sadler and I. D. Parker, and some other 
ministers were present a part of the time. — 
Bro. D. N. Workman has the oversight of the 
Mohican church. He had taken much inter- 
est in the building of the new house, and had 
given the work considerable attention, and 
the occasion was one of much pleasure and 
satisfaction to him. 

AVe can say, our visit to the brethren of 
the Mohican church was to ua a very pleasant 
one, and we were pleased to find those Breth- 
ren so faithful, and the church prosperiug so 
well after passing through the trials and trou- 
bles through which it was called to pass. 

We pray the Lord to bless and keep 
those brethren faithful, that they may walk 
worthy cf their high calling, and thus honor 
that calling, and be useful in the world, and 
to the world. Doing these, a blessed and 
glorious future will be theirs. j. q. 



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THE aOSPEL MESSElSraiHIl. 



PREACH TO THE PKEACHEKS. 



BY D. r. SAYLER. 



"And BO spake, that a great multitude, both of the 
' Jews and also of the Greeks, believed.''— Acts 14. 1. 

This kind of preaching was characteristic 
of the apostles and the primitive church and 
was common with our ancient brethren. — 
When one of the primitive fathers would, 
preach a sermon, tlie audience would know 
of the doctrine. A few adhere to this order 
still, but many have adopted a different sys- 
tem of preaching. 

It is known by all observers that the faith 
and doctrine of the popular churches is not 
learned from the sermons preached by their 
respective preachers, as they never preach 
them. To know them, their catechisms, dis- 
ciplines, articles of faith, etc., must be learn- 
ed. And when a brother, as our fathers did, 
will preach the doctrine of the gospel, as be- 
lieved by the church, he will be reviled as 
preaching against other churches. Whether 
this is why they do not preach doctrinal ser- 
mons, I know not. I only know that some 
seldom do. 

Being at one time on a preaching visit 
among the churches, and walking with the 
elder of the church to the place of meeting, 
1 said, "Brother, to whom shall 1 preach to- 
day ? In some churches, they want me to 
preach to the members, and some to what 
they call outsiders." He answered prompt- 
ly, "Preach to the preachers; they need it 
more than any others, and get less directed 
to them." 

I have thought much on this expression 
since. The church elects from among her 
male members a brother, and gives him au- 
thority to preach, but puts him under no rule 
or order to control him, and many of them 
soon feel that they have a more perfect un- 
derstanding of the Scriptures than all others 
•combined; and the adage, "Many men of 
many minds," applies to preachers as well as 
to other men; and the Brethren's ministry is 
a perfect variety store-house. 

Just at this writing, the G. M., No. 45, 
came to hand, and I read "Dress Again." It 
is a very defiant declaration of what the 
Scriptures teach, and what they do not teach; 
and prominent of what they do not teach, is 
that they nowhere teach uniformity in dress. 
Now, according to my mind, if Matt. 22: 11- 
14 does not teach uniformity in dress, it does 
not teach anything. And if Kom. 12: 2, 1 
Cor. 1: 10, Gal. 0: 1(5, Phil. 3: 16, do not teach 
uniformity in everything pertaining to the 
Christian life, they do not teach anything; 
and if plainness in dress is a Christian vir- 
tue, and if plainness applies to dress, then 
do the Scriptures referred to teach uniformi- 
ty in dress as much as in all other acts of 
Christianity. (Pardon the digression.) 

1 know brethren who are counted able 
ministers, and preach what are called able 
sermons, but when weighed in 'he gospel 
scale, not a grain of the gospel order of sal- 
vation is in them. At the A. M. at Lanark, 
111., a stranger said to me, "I presume you 
put forth your ablest preachers to till the 
different pulpits; and I heard a number of 



them preach what were called able sermons; 
but I failed to learn the doctrine of your 
church from their preaching." These did 
not preach like Paul and Barnabas. There 
must be a cause for the departure, and as I 
am writing to the preachers, I will try to find 
it. 

Of making books, and publishing papers, 
there seems to be no end. Among other 
things, skeleton sermons are published, for 
preachers to learn how to preach popular 
sermons. These are not published for the 
use of any one particular sect, but for the 
indiscriminate use of all; and, of course, all 
who use them will learn to preach alike. — 
Doctrinal subjects are not found in the skel- 
etons, but the test is generally a mystical 
one, and the sermon will be a myth. Our ed- 
itors wish writers not to employ strange 
words in their essays, and it is proper and 
right that they should not; and as the words 
mystical and myth may seem strange to some, 
and as I can think of no other words that 
will express what I wish to communicate, I 
will explain what I mean by them. 

Mystical, — Eemote from human compre- 
hension; governed by incomprehensible or 
mysterious laws, involving some secret mean- 
ing; allegorical; emblematical. Thus, a mys- 
tical text may be a person of Bible or histor- 
ical fame. Mephibosheth fed at the king's 
table, is a mystical text. And even the com- 
mon and dear words, Christ crucified, may be 
presented in a mystical form, and the ser- 
mons necessarily will be a myth. 

Myth, — A fabulous or imaginary statement 
or narrative conveying an important truth, 
generally of a moral or religious nature; an 
allegory, religious or historical, generally in- 
volving some supernatural or superhuman 
claim or power; a tale of some extraordinary 
personage, or country that has been gradual- 
ly formed by, or has grown out of the admi- 
ration and veneration of succeeding genera- 
tions. — Webster. 

Such texts and sermons will never reveal 
the gospel order of salvation to any one, and 
brethren should not indulge in such useless 
preaching. Christ did not so command his 
disciples to preach. Christ commands to 
teach the nations, to preach the gospel to 
every creature, and to preach repentance and 
remission of sins among all nations, with 
the promise of salvation, the remission of 
sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit to bap- 
tized believers; but Paul charges to preach 
the Word. There is nothing mystical in 
this; it is plain and of easy comprehension. 
Try it, and you will be surprised at the re- 
sult. Witness Jonah preaching to Nineveh, 
Peter to the Pentecostians, and Philip to the 
Samaritans. He preached the things con- 
.cerning the kingdom of God and the name of 
Jesus Christ, and the people believed it and 
were baptized, both men and women; and 
under such preaching this always was, and 
ever will be the result. 

The gospel of Christ is the power of God 
unto salvation unto all that believe it. That 
is, God hath clothed his power to save in his 
word in the gospel, and the power of God en- 
ters the soul that hears and believes; and 



that power is leaven in meal, — will work until 
the whole lump, the soul will be leavened. — 
Preaching the gospel of Christ is synony- 
mous with preaching Christ, the effect of 
which was so well known to the apostle, that 
Paul would rejoice when Christ was preach- 
ed even of envy, as the hearer would come 
under its power. 

CORBESPONDENCE. 

As cold water to a thirstj' soul, so is good news from a far 
countrj'. 

From Osagre Chiircli, Kau. 



We are now in the midst of a series of 
meetings. So far one has been received by 
baptism, and we have reasons to believe oth- 
ers are counting the cost, and will soon at- 
tend to the one thing needful. 

J. F. Nehr. 



From Lanark, 111. 



I NOTICED an article in a recent issue of 
your paper, written from Kansas, and signed 
by D. Rowland. Since that time I have re- 
ceived inquiries about my moving there and 
the country, etc. Please note that it is not I, 
but another brother having the same name. 

D. Rowland. 



From Liewistovirn, Minn. 



Bkotheb M. H. Fowler, of Chickasaw Co., 
Iowa, came to us Dec. 13. He preached elev- 
en sermons, congregations generally small, 
weather being pretty cold. While there 
wefe no accessions to the church, we believe 
good impressions were made, Bro. Fowler 
is an earnest and able defender of the gospel 
of Christ. J. H. Wiet. 



From River, Huuting'ton,Co., Ind. 



We had a very good meeting this forenoon, 
Dec. 25, and a large congregation, consider- 
ing the inclemency of the weather. The sub- 
ject was, "The birth, life, death and resur- 
rection of Christ" Some fine, interesting, 
short addresses v/ere given, one by the Meth- 
odist minister of this place, and another by 
our home miuister. We are having a very 
solid winter, and an unusually deep snow, for 
this country, —twenty inches deep. 

Samuel Murray. 



From Beaver Creek Chnrcli, Va. 



We improve the present opportunity in 
writing a few thoughts for the consideration 
of your many worthy readers. 

We are in the midst of winter, the ther- 
mometer registering about zero. As we look 
from our window and see Mother Earth, 
clothed in her winter garb, the forests strip- 
ped of their foliage, the notes of the sweet 
songster hushed in silence, we are reminded, 
forcibly, as the seasons come and go, we, too, 
are nearing the western horizon in life, and 
must soon pass out of existence. 

The weather has been remarkably fine and 
pleasant to this writing. The drouth which 



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27 



has pervaded our valley, has been one of the 
most extreme experienced for a long while. 
This is the general expression of old persons. 
Very little of the grain deposited in the earth 
has yet made its appearance in the blade. 
We leave the result with Him, "who sendeth 
the early and the latter rain." 
■ Our quarterly council was held in the Bea- 
ver Creek church one week ago from to-day. 
Everything passed off pleasantly, and we felt 
assured that the Spirit was with us and our 
labors were not in vain. 

The fall term of the Virginia Normal has 
been well attended, the attendance being 
much larger than was anticipated at the 
opening, there being about sixty-five students 
present. We look for quite a number of 
new students at the opening of the Winter 
Term. 

The closing exercises of the present term 
were of an unusually interesting character 
and were partially conducted in the chapel this 
afternoon. At the ringing of the bell, the 
students entered the room ; singing and pray- 
er. A portion of Matt. 18 was read and com- 
mented on in a brief, but very feeling man- 
ner by Bro. John Flory. We then resorted 
to the water, "where prayer was wont to be 
made," just tibove the bridge that spans the 
lucid waters of North river. Its banks soon 
thronged with spectators, many through cu- 
riosity, eager to witness the dipping as they 
called it. After removing the ice, five of our 
young students were led into the stream and 
immersed according to the directions -given 
to the disciples by their Divine Master when 
he met with them for the last time on the 
mountains of Galilee. Thus ended the clos- 
ing exercises of the Virginia Normal. 

Many of the students leave this evening to 
spend the vacation in visiting their parents 
and friends. 

Bro. John Flory goes to Maryland in the 
morning to spend a week preaching and to 
look after the interest of the school. 

Bro. McCann goes to the lower part of the 
valley to spend the vacation preaching. He 
seems to be no better satisfied than when en- 
gaged in the Master's business. 

John W. Click. 



Florida Notes. 



Our meeting at the church to-day, Dec. 28, 
was well attended. There were six ministers 
present. Bro. Bowser preached for us.. There 
were also a number of strangers in atten- 
dance. We now have between thirty and 
forty members in this county, none of them 
living over five miles from Kenka. 

— The weather still remains pleasant. We 
have not yet had frost enough to kill the to- 
mato vines. While the mercury stood 25° 
below zero at Mt. Morris, it registered 38" 
above, here, for about pne hour. Most of the 
time the weather is as mild as May. 

— Bro. Bail, from Pennsylvan a, has just 
purchased a large, new boarding house in 
Keuka, so as to be prepared to entertain the 
many visitors who call. Wo mention this 
for the benefit of maby who desire to spend 
some months here if they can find a boarding 
place. 



— So far as we know, health is generally 
good and the people seem to enjoy themselves, 
at least they are busy and cheerful. We are 
in the midst of winter and yet it seems hard 
to realize that it is so. Christmas did not 
seem natural; the day was as pleasant as 
summer. 

— People are coming rapidly, filling every 
house and room to be found. Some of them 
are here to spend the winter, others to make 
permanent homes, and many are looking at 
the country. Nearly all those settling build 
small houses to start with, thus rendering it 
difficult for newcomers to find lodging places. 
We hope to see more extended accommoda- 
tions another winter. 

-I think Florida will prove a good open- 
ing for the Brethren. They may not succeed 
in converting many people for a time, but 
they can succeed in planting churches that 
will give out an influence that will tend to 
many conversions in time. 

— A minister could do good work among 
the colored people, but it will be impossible 
to wipe out the color line even in religion, 
The two races are kept as distinct here as it 
is possible for them to be. They never eat 
at the same table, nor attend the same school, 
and not often the same church. They gen- 
erally have separate boarding places, and al- 
so ride in separate cars. Occasionally the 
whites attend their meetings, but we have 
never seen a colored person at a meeting con- 
ducted by the whites. Men can express their 
views here as freely as in the North, and 
property and life seem equally secure. 

J. H. MOGEE, 

Keuka, Fla. 



From the Sugar Grove Church, O. 



We closed our Sunday-school, Dec. 7. We 
had a very interesting schot>l. Our Super- 
intendent, J. R. Wise, was absent but two 
Sundays, during a term of thirty-four Sun- 
days. Our school was composed mostly of 
small scholars. Average attendance, forty- 
five. Verses committed during the session, 
3460. Forty copies of the Young Disciple were 
distributed. At the close, Bro. S. A. Walker 
delivered an instructive as well as an inter- 
esting address on Sunday-school work. Bro. 
J. E. Young has organized a prayer-meeting. 
All take an active part in the meetings, which 
are quite interesting. The subject at our 
last prayer-meeting was "Brotherly Love;" 
the subject for next meeting will be, "What- 
soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 

J. W. Moore 



Visit to South-eastern Ohio. 



I WROTE you of our visit to Meigs county, 
in company with Bro. Daniel Garver, of Day- 
ton, and of coming from the St. James 
church into the neighborhood some five miles 
above, and where the members all live. Dan- 
iel staid with us but two days after reaching 
them, and returned to his home to meet en- 
gagements there. The attendance was good 
and a sister was baptized Nov. 30. The 
brethren here having had but one love-feast, 



and that in 1880, arrangements were now 
made to have another. 

There being no house suitable and as the 
school-house was too small, the only choice 
was a new dwelling-house of the speaker, 
Bro. James Graham, as yet unoccupied, which 
was soon prepared by arranging seats on both 
upper and lower floors, so that all, above and 
below, could see and hear. There were twelve 
members present, who engaged in the servic- 
es', and a large assembly of spectators, many 
of whom had never witnessed the service be- * 
fore. The interest and behavior among them 
were very good, and the happiness of the 
communicants seemed to be all they desired. 
And I do feel that if many of our brethren 
and sisters, who are surrounded with mem- 
bers and favored with houses and meetings, 
could only see how others are placed in their 
lonely pilgrimages to the better world, the 
favored ones would manifest much more grat- 
itude to God, and do much more to spread 
his kingdom than they now do. What must 
the spectacle be, as it is seen from heaven? 

Landon West. 



From Kiijgsley, Iowa. 



Bro. Joseph Trostle, of Woodbury county, 
Iowa, was with us Nov. 2, and preached one 
sermon in the Higdey school- house. The at- 
tendance was large and the interest good. — 
Some of our United Brethreri friends were 
there and seemed much pleased with the ser- 
mon. Bro. Trostle told the story of the.cross 
in such a way that saints were encouraged 
and sinners warned. We hope he will come 
soon agafn. All our ministering brethren 
who come this way are invited to stop and 
preach for us. Drop a card to the under- 
signed at Kingsley, Plymouth Co., Iowa, and 
arrangements will be made for preaching. — 
We Hve ten miles from the school-house, 
where Bro. Trostle holds meeting every two 
weeks. It being so far away, we do not get 
to meeting as often as we desire. 

Albert Hockenbury. 



From Slate Creek Church, Kan. 



On Dec. 12, Bro. Wm. Jarboe, of Douglas, 
Co., came here to visit his parents and other 
friends. While here he preached six inter- 
esting sermons. Bro. J. is young in the min- 
istry, but a very good speaker. The atten- 
dance was pretty good, considering the in- 
clemency of the weather, it being very cold 
and stormy during the whole time of meet- 
ing. We only regret that our brother could 
not stay longer with us. May the Spirit of 
the Lord be with him always. 

J. B. Thompson. 



A Report of a Trip to Floyd Co., Va. 



Bro. F. W. Dove and I boarded the train 
at Jonesboro, Tenn., on the morning of Dec 
12, 1884, en route for Christianburg, Mont- 
gomery Co., Va, where we arrived safely and 
were met by brethren with conveyance to 
take us out to the "Mountain Normal," of 
which Bro. John Wrightsman is Principal. 



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THE aOSPEL MESSEIS"aER. 



Tliis school is situated in Floyd county, 
and is very appropriately named, the sur- 
roundings being quite mountainous, pictur- 
esque and sublime. Indeed, I know of no 
place where everything conspires to render a 
sojourn more enjoyable and exhilarating to 
the student than the "Mountain Normal," in 
Floyd Co., Va. Not only is the institution 
beautifully and healthfully situated, but is 
very efficiently supervised. At this place I 
had the pleasure of meeting and renewing 
my acquaintance with J. E. Dasler and fami- 
ly, from Ohio, who are in attendance at the 
school. The school being in session, and 
busy in the examination exercises for the 
Christmas holidays vacation, it was thought 
best to have the appointment for religious 
services at night only, during the week, until 
Saturday, and accordingly the brethren ar- 
ranged to have an appointment at the "Brick 
church," which was about five miles off. — 
This appointment brother Dove and I at- 
tended together in the day-time, going each 
night alternately to the Normal to attend the 
service there. On Saturday, Dec. 20, we 
gave up the meetings at the "Brick church," 
and concentrated our efforts at the Normal 
exclusively, and although the weather was 
very rough and cold, yet we had most excel- 
lent attendance, and quite an interest mani- 
fested in the hearers. 

"We continued our efforts at this point, as- 
sisted by the Ideal ministers. Harden, Hylton 
and John Wrightsman, until Christmas 
night, when we broke up the meeting to go 
to an appointment at Pleasant Valley, where 
the brethren had made an arrangement to 
have some meetings also. The immediate 
results of our meetings at the Brick church 
and Normal, during the twelve days' meet- 
ings, were forty- five additions, with the in- 
terest still increasing. In fact, the meetings 
seemed, if possible, to be more interestiag at 
the closing than at any foi mer time. Before 
I dismiss the subject of my experience at the 
"Mountain Normal," I want to take this op- 
portunity of a suggestion to the brethren. — 
This institution is situated in a Lutheran com- 
munity, and right in sight of a Lutheran 
church, and they have foresight enough to 
know the power it is capable of wielding 
against their cause in the hands of the breth- 
ren, and hence are looking at it with a zeal- 
ous eye, and are, no doubt, hoping brother 
Wrightman's experiment may prove a failure, 
and they may get the property into their 
hands. If such should be the case, the breth- 
ren, no doubt, will see their mistake when it 
is too late. "A word to the wise is sufficient." 

Well, to return to the matter in hand. We 
met with the brethren, at Pleasant Valley, on 
Friday, Dec. 26, where we found a large and 
well-ordered congregation assembled to hear 
the Word of Life. This, we hnd been told, 
was rather a "hard" place, as there were quite 
a number of the citizens who drank rather 
freely, and were addicted to drunkenness. If 
this was the case, we have this to say for the 
people, that they treated us with marked 
kindness and respect during our stay among 
them. 

We continued our meetings from Friday 



'until the succeeding Tuesday, when our en- 
gagement was out, and we were to leave. I 
have never in my experience attended a meet- 
ing where there were such visible evidences 
of the operation of the good Spirit in the 
congregation. At our last meeting, which 
was in the morning at 9 o'clock before we 
took our leave, sixteen applicants for bap- 
tism, came forward. The whole number 
of additions at this place were seventy-seven, 
making a total, at the two points, of 123 ad- 
ditions to the church, in twenty days. Tak- 
ing our leave of the brethren and sisters, we 
were conveyed to the depot, where we took 
the train for home at 8: 40 P. M., and arrived 
at home safely about 3 A. M., and found all 
well. Jesse Ceosswhite. 



From C. S. Holsinffer. 



Let us hear from you often through the 
G. M., was a frequent request while on our 
visit in Pennsylvania. But this takes time 
which we cannot spare. We were permitted 
to meet all our appointments. Attended sev- 
en congregational love-feasts, two with af- 
flicted sisters at their homes. Best of all 
was, we were permitted to see twenty-three 
souls unite with the church. Andrew Burk- 
et and George Knisley were chosen minis- 
ters. 

To those who enlisted under King Em- 
manuel: let me once more admonish you to 
be on your guard, for Satan has his agents 
at work in all forms. He may send some 
one you suppose to be your best friend, and 
he will say to you, "It is not necessary to 
dress so plain; religion does not lay in the 
clothing only, just so the heart is right." But 
do not yield to them, for, as soon as you ac- 
cept the changeable fashions of the world, 
the heart is no more right. You may meet 
some old friend on the street, and he will in- 
vite you to come in and take a drink. If you 
decline, he will insist on your taking it, as it 
will do you no harm, but good. If you go 
with him once, the temptation will be greater 
the next time. Often read the fourth chap- 
ter of Matthew, and take the example of our 
Savior when tempted to dp wrong. 



My "Visit to Altooiia, Pa. 



I LEFT home, on Dec. 10, for Altoona, Pa., 
arrived in Huntingdon in the afternoon, 
went to the home of Bro. Dr. Brumbaugh; 
met a hearty welcome. After a short social 
chat, the doctoi proposed to convey me to 
the Normal school building. We drove 
through the town, viewing the modern im- 
provements of the place. We soon arrived 
at the school. The first object I wished to 
see was my daughter Jennie, who left home 
for the school about Oct. 1. We met at the 
door, and perhaps acted a little queer, to the 
lookers-on. We embraced and she wept ; and I 
was not far off; I asked, "Why do you weep?" 
and she auswered,"For joy." I thought of the 
time we shall meet our- Heavenly Father be- 
yond the river. I received a warm recep- 
tion by the entire school. They know well 
how to make visitors feel welcome. I was 



glad to see the school in such excellent con- 
dition, with such earnest students. I can feel 
safe in recommending the place as a home 
and school for the brethren's children. In 
the evening we gathered in the Chapel to 
worship. Preached to an appreciative little 
congregation. Next day started for Altoona, 
arrived in the evening, and found myself, 
after a short walk, in the house of brother 
Daniel Bralliers. The hour arrived for 
preaching. We met where prayer was wont 
to be made; found a very small congregation, 
almost sufficient to discourage the faint-heart- 
ed. However, we hoped for the better, and 
proposed a co-operation of the church in 
gathering the people in, and it proved a suc- 
cess. Persons were induced to attend who 
had never attended before, and the result 
was, very good and attentive meetings. The 
funeral of Bro. Hollinger's little boy, Willie, 
was held in the church on Sabbath morning. 
The occasion was improved from the words, 
"Wherefore comfort one another with these 
words." After the service the little body was 
conveyed to the railroad station, followed by 
the sorrow-stricken parents, who conveyed 
the body to its last resting-place, which was 
found in Cumberland Co., Pa., the former 
home of the parents. I was invited to ad- 
dress the Sabbath-school. I met the largest 
number of scholars I ever met before in Sab- 
bath-school. About two hundred are on the 
list, and it is astonishing how the little ones 
can sing. Truly, the church has a great 
work in Altoona. 

Our meetings continued for one week; the 
interest became more than ordinary, notwith- 
standing the very inclement weather. All 
the while of the meetings, the congregation 
continued to increase in number and interest 
until it was manifest that the spirit of God 
was doing its work in the hearts of some of 
the dear people of Altoona. This encourag- 
ed us all to labor the more earnest, and at 
the close of the meeting we had the pleasure 
of receiving expressions from five, of their 
willingness to cast their lot with the people 
of God, with many more almost persuaded. — 
Other appointments compelled us to close 
the meetings, fully impressed that it was 
just the wrong time to close. I found, in Al- 
toona, a large, new churcli, the upper room 
unfinished, because of financial embarrass- 
ment. Was sorry to learn that the brethren 
are involved considerably in the erection of 
their house. How much better they all 
could work, if this was not the case. Glad 
to learn that there is an effort made by the 
adjoining churches to liquidate the debt. I 
also found, without exception, very kind and 
warm-hearted brethren and sisters, receiving 
the most welcome reception into many of the 
families. Had many invitations to visit oth- 
ers, but because of shortness of time could 
not. 

Brethren D. Brallier, J. AV. Wilt and A. 
Hollinger are the ministers; considering the 
magnitude of their work in a city of about 
30,000, "surely the harvest is great and the 
laborers are few." To the niiuisteriug breth- 
ren who pass through Akooua I would sug- 
gest, stop off and labor with the brethren. 



THE aOSP»li;L MESSETSTGER. 



29 



They will appreciate the visit of any oue, 
whose object it is to help build up the Mas- 
ter's cause, break down the strongholds o£ 
sin, and unite the efforts of God's children 
in this grand and glorious work. May the 
Lord help the dear brethren and sisters of 
Altoona to so labor together in the cause 
that we may see, in the near future, the Al- 
toona congregation large in number, strong 
in the faith, steadfast in the doctrines of 
Christ, zealous unto all good works, and with 
tenacity cling to the ancient landmarks of 
the church of Christ, that its light may shine 
bright in the midst of the gloom and dark- 
ness of sin, enthroned with its soul and body- 
destroying effects in the city of Altoona. I 
have arrived home safely, and found all well, 
for which I thank the Lord. 

D. F. Stouffer, 



To Council Blurt's, Iowa. 



On Dec. 15, 1 left home for Council Bluffs. 
At State Center I was met by Eld. A. M. 
Dickey, of the State Center church, who was 
called by the Mission Board to labor in the 
mission at the Bluffs. We arrived safely, 
and were met by brother L. S. Snyder and 
conducted to his home, which is on the cor- 
ner of 6th Avenue and Bluff Street, No. 533. 
This is where brother Snyder haw built a 
neat and substantial brick church. It is 24x 
40, and two stories high. The lower story 
is, at present, divided into four rooms, one of 
which is a large kitchen. The whole lower 
part is intended for a dwelling, and is now 
occupied by Bro. Snyder. As the surface of 
the ground is quite rolling, the floor of the 
church-room is on a level with Bluff St., on 
which it fronts. The church-room is seated 
with chairs, is well lighted, and quite easy to 
speak in. It is called, by way of distinction, 
the "Bible-alone church," 

Bro. Snyder is desirous of having some 
minister come to his assistance, as the field 
is large, and growing years have impaired his 
activity, but not his zeal. The extreme cold 
weather, about the middle of December, was 
unfavorable for our meetings, although we 
had some good meetings, with an interest on 
the part of a few nearing the kingdom. The 
attendance was not large, yet we trust some 
good seed fell into good and honest hearts, 
that may bring forth fruit not many days 
hence. We distributed quite a number of 
tracts in the city, especially among the labor- 
ing classes. Brother and sister Snyder take 
great pleasure in caring for their guests, and 
especially desire ministering brethren, while 
passing through Council Bluff':j, to stop off 
with them and give them some meetings. I 
arrived home on Dec. 23, and found all well. 

John Zuck. 



Bro. MooiuHw'.s Letters. 



My Dear Broiher: — 

I HAVE been regularly and carefully 
reading your arguments addressed to J. S. 
Sheets, under the question, "What think ye 
of Cbrist?" and have just read the last one, 
which appeared in No. 34 of the G. M., upon 



the conclusion of which I take up my pen to 
say. Amen. Your effort is well-timed and 
your arguments aptly and convincingly put. 
There are two reasons, then, give me special 
interest in your writings upon this subject. 

1. I am familiar with, and interested in 
the man for whose enlightenment and con- 
viction they are intended, and must say, that, 
in my humble opinion, though he be a strong 
man and as well fortified, perhaps, as any 
one can be, sustaining the same relation, they 
(your writings) are equal to theirjiesign. 

2. The authenticity of the Holy Bible in- 
volving evidences of whatever character, has 
been, to me, for the last two years, a subject 
of great interest. And never before have I 
had a more satisfactory and tangible con- 
ception of the facts and testimonies "which 
go to support the truth of the Holy Book. It 
is a aood thing that, in submitting this man- 
ly and publime effort of your gray hairs to 
Sheets, you have done it publicly. It would 
be well, I think, to publish these letters in 
pamphlet form for distribution. They are 
the very thing for our thinking young men 
and women. There is plenty of literature 
upon this subject, but is not so well suited to 
the general reader. Your letters are so con- 
cise, and grasp the facts of the subject in 
such a way as to carry conviction to the 
heart of the reader. They ought, therefore, 
to be preserved. They are an honor to both 
the head and heart of the author. When 
you rest (and that is not far off), your work 
shall follow. Come to see us. 

Henry C. Early. 



A Visit amonjfst tlie Colored People. 



I LEFT Meigs Co., O., Dec. 1, and with our 
young friend, David Graham, came to Ath- 
ens, where I took the train at 1 P. M., and ar- 
rived at Lancaster, Fairfield Co., by 3, and 
was met there by our colored brother, John 
^ ilson, of Pickaway Co. The first night we 
had a small meeting and at a private house. 
Found one sister in the city, Lizzie May, a 
native of Virginia. Spent two days in visit- 
ing the families. Met the Methodist minis- 
ter, Mr. Smith and his wife, who is also la- 
boring in the ministry, and had two night 
meetings in the Methodist church. The at- 
tendance was not large, but the interest of 
the colored people, of Lancaster, was good, 
and I found that they are not at all satisfied 
with the churches they are now identified 
with, and are very anxious to learn more of 
the brethren, and urge that they come again. 

I left Lancaster, Dec. 4, and came west 
twenty-two miles, to Circleville, in the Sciota 
Valley, and the couuty-seat of Pickaway Co. 
Old sister May came with me, and we were 
soon mot and taken to the home of Mr. Geo. 
Ewing, a Baptist, where we had meeting that 
night. 1 remained here until he 8th, hav- 
ing two meetings in the colored Methodist 
church, and one in the colored Baptist ohurcb. 
Visited a number of families, and met one 
Methodist speaker and two of the Baptists. 
Was also met by Bro. James May, a young 
speaker, and was taken to his home, some 
four miles above the city. Bro. Wilson, the 



deacon brother, remained with us nearly all 
the time, and took us to many of the homes 
and places visited. The attendance here was 
very large, and the greatest interest I have 
ever met. 

The colored population, of this place, is 
about 1200. They have a large school and 
two large churches — Baptist and Methodist. 
I find these people to be very willing to hear 
the Scriptures, but many of them cannot 
read, and quite all are in limited circum- 
stances. The tax on them, for the support 
of their ministers, — the Biptist, three hun- 
dred dollars a year, and the Methodist five 
hundred— makes their religion burdensome, 
and they are not at all F.atisfied when the 
Word is read to them, to learn that it has not 
been faithfully preached to them. I find a 
wide field for labor here, and already ripe 
for the harvest. Shall aim to visit them 
again. Landon West. 



Annual IVlecting'. 



In reading Bro. Rosenberger's article as to 
our A. M. and the plan for holding it, al- 
low me to give what I think, in my humble 
judgment, would be better and more profit- 
able to the general Brotherhood. Put the 
cost of meals at a sufficient price, so as to 
cover all expenses, and make our A. M. self- 
supporting, and if there are such that go on- 
ly to see the sights, let them pay for what 
they get, and even our members. I hope 
there is not a brother or sister that attends 
A. M. that would not be willing to pay the 
actual cost of what they eat. If I am able 
to attend A. M., I should be able to pay 
twenty-five cents a meal if it costs the 
brethren that. We could better afford to pay 
more for our meals than we could pay full 
rates, on our railroads. They make a good 
profit at the reduced prices, while we do not 
meef expenses, so let the brethren have the 
profit and not the railroads. I say, let A. M. 
be self-supporting, and if it were more it 
would only please me the better, and let the 
surplus go into the general treasury for 
church work. G. W. Fesler. 



From Cerro Gordo, 111. 



Your pages come laden with news. Per- 
haps you would desire to hear from this 
place. Our communion was on Nov. 2!>. Bro. 
Henry Frautz, of O., and J. C. Lahmau, of 
Franklin Grove, with other dear brethren 
from a distance, were present, remaining 
with us a few days. We assembled frequent- 
ly at the house of the Lord to hear the sweet 
sound of the gospel of peace and salvation 
proclaimed unto us. It was a season of love 
and joy, and while the members were en- 
couraged and made to feel and realize their 
duty to the Lord and one another, sinners 
were taught the perfect way unto celestial 
glory. During the holidays, Bro. G. W. 
Cripe addressed us very acceptably. We 
have no flattering results to report. May 
the Lord bless the laborers and their work. 
D. B. Gibson commeneetl a series of meet- 
ings in the Oakley church, four miles west 
of here, Jan. 4. A. B. Sniper. 



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THE aOSFEL ]MESSE]SraEE. 



Exi)lauatiou. 



About one year ago, the Old Order Breth- 
ren were made to rejoice, and a great deal of 
commenting was done through the Vindica- 
tor, over the addition to their number, of a 
precious soul, — one that had long and seri- 
ously searched after truth, a man oE fine ed- 
ucation and great ability, and well might 
they rejoice. But let us trace the conversion 
back to the starting point, which failed to ap- 
pear in public print. Shortly before this 
conversion, the gentleman might have been 
seen in the Toung Men's Christian Associa- 
tion Reading-room, in Chicago, searching 
for knowledge, when he noticed a copy of the 
Gospel Messengeb, which had been placed 
there by a sister, after she had read it, with 
the hope of leading some weary soul to 
Christ, but as she wishes to give God the 
glory, I withhold her name. 

This man found many things which arous- 
ed him to a sense of duty, and learning of a 
church of the Brethren at Lima, Ohio, he 
set out to search for a people that kept the 
commands as taught by our Lord and Mas- 
ter. At Lima he fell in with one that favor- 
ed the Old Order Brethren, who sent him to 
Covington, Ohio, where the above result oc- 
curred. I would to God we had a few more 
such sisters, in Chicago, to supply all the 
reading-rooms with not only the G. M., but 
other pamphlets pointing the weary, search- 
ing souls to the "Lamb of God that taketh 
away the sins of the world." The time has 
fully come to start the missionary work in 
Chicago. The G. M. is now being -sent as a 
donation to a number of families. To all 
who wish to lend a helping hand, I would 
say, here is a great work to be done, too much 
for one crowded with business and limited in 
means. I hope to see others put their shoul- 
der to the wheel, and have a church of the 
Brethren in this great city, 

B. A. Hadsell. 



From Bro. Landon West. 



I SPENT one week in the city of Greenville, 
Darke Co., Ohio. Had eight meetings, and 
found eight sisters in the city, and all with- 
out a ready means of going to worship away 
from the city. The German Reformed very 
freely gave us their church, and the attend- 
ance was good at all but two of the meetings. 
It was the first meeting held by the Brethren 
in Greenville, but it should not be the last. 
We all need devotion to our work, and very 
much of it, to even follow the Master in his 
ministry, or the early Christians in theirs. — 
And our encouragement is, that instead of 
persecution, imprisonment and death, as very 
many have willinuly borne in their work for 
Jesus, we, in our day and country, are invit- 
ed to come in and work for the Master, and 
are made welcome. "Herein is my Father 
glorified, that ye have much fruit, so shall ye 
be my disciples." John 15: 3. Much fruit 
could and should be borne by the Christians 
of our day and in this land; and the account 
for us at the last day will show for us all, 
that much more has been required of us 
than wo shall have done. We should bear 



much good fruit, and do much work to have 
the mind of our Master, and without these 
we are not his. 

From Greenville, 1 came to Dayton, where 
I met with our young brother, Daniel Garver, 
of Dayton, and soon to Columbus, O. On 
the next day, Nov. 21, were met at Pomeroy, 
in Meigs county, and taken to the home of 
Mrs. Grace Carrolton's, some eight miles 
from the Ohio River, where we remained till 
the 26tb, holding services each night in a 
large Episcopal church, now not occupied by 
its people, and where our brethren held their 
first meeting in August. The meeting was 
well attended, and although there has been 
but little worship and service in that house 
and neighborhood for a long time, yet the 
behavior and interest were most encouraging. 
This meeting was for us altogether on pio- 
neer ground, for there were no brethren liv- 
ing nearer to that point than five miles. Oar 
brother Graham, only speaker in Meigs Co., 
and brother Coats, the only deacon, met us 
also, and the citizens, though strangers to us, 
were most friendly to the meeting and visit. 



From tlie Maple Valley Church, Iowa. 



We are much encouraged. The dark cloud 
which hung over us for some time, has pass- 
ed away, and we are now enabled to see the 
silver lining clearly. The church seems to 
be in good working order at present. Many 
members have been added by letter, and a 
few by baptism. Bro. John C. Miller, of 
Linn Co., came on Nov. 22, and commenced 
a series of meetings. He preached the Word 
in its purity, and failed not to declare the 
whole truth which is in Christ Jesus. Plain 
preaching is what the members of this part 
of God's vineyard want. Saints were made 
to rejoice and were strengthened and built 
up in that most holy faith. We praise God 
for his goodness, and bid our dear brother 
God-speed in the glorious work he is doing. 
Sunday evening he closed the meetings, and 
on Monday he was taken to Galva, and went 
south-west to visit the isolated members. — 
We have four deacons and one minister. Bro. 
John Early is our elder. He is very zealous, 
and a good worker and much interested in 
the cause. May the Lord send us help in 
this part of his vineyard. Our church is 
much scattered, therefore we need help. 

Simon Montz. 



Good News from Virginia. 



I LEFT home on Dec. 6, to visit the church 
in the north end of Botetourt county, twenty- 
five miles distant from here, according to 
promise, to hold a series of meetings with 
them. We commence the meeting at their 
new and commodious meeting-house (Mount 
Joy) on Sunday morning, Dec. 7. Remained 
eight days and preached ten sermons to in- 
creasing congregations, and better order and 
more interested attention it has never been 
my pleasure to see in any meeting that I 
have ever attended. The hearts and minds 
of the members were in the work. Suspend- 
ing their secular concerns, some of them ac- 
companied us, visiting among the members 



and neighbors, especially the old and the af- 
flicted, widows and others with whom we 
talked, and sung, and prayed together, and 
others were actively engaged in encouraging 
the people to attend the meeting and seek an 
interest in the blessed Redeemer. 

Bro. Wm. Pursley, the resident elder, and 
A. T. Parsley, minister in the second degree, 
did efficient work in the promotion of .the in- 
terest and success of the meeting, which clos- 
ed on Sunday, the 14th, in the baptism of 
those that believed, which took place about 
two miles from the meeting-house, in the 
presence of a large portion of the congrega- 
tion accompanying us, the rain falling thick 
and fast, notwithstanding. 

The immediate results of the meeting was 
the accession of ten members — nine new ad- 
ditions and one who had wandered away, re- 
turning to the fold. The remote result, we 
have reason to believe, will be the accession 
from time to time of many more precious 
souls. 

It will be remembered that this is the church 
that has grown up, under the providence of 
God, through the instrumentality of Eld. J. 
W. Pursley, deceased, who, as it appears, be- 
ing dead, yet speaketh. His influence, doubt- 
less, still lives in that community. May his 
mantle have fallen on those who succeed him. 

B. F. MooMAW. 



From Salem Cliiircli, Moutgomerj- Co., O. 



A FEW words of encouragement from this 
arm of the church would not be out of place, 
as we have not been heard from for some 
time. We had, truly, a season of enjoyment, 
as we werft again richly fed with the "bread 
of life," by our much beloved brother, John 
Wise, of Kansas. He came to us on Dec. 12, 
and at 10 o'clock preached to us from Heb. 
12: 1, 2; and at 6: 30 spoke upon "Chris- 
tian Experience," referring, more particular- 
ly, to Eph. 2: 12, 19. He gave us to under- 
stand that we should show to the world by 
actions, not only by words that we have the 
spirit of Christ dwelling within us. Next 
morning he spoke about the "Excellency of 
the Knowledge of Christ." In the evening 
about "What must I do to be saved?" From 
this he broughtto our minds things both new 
and old. On Sunday he preached his last 
sermon; theme, "Christian Graces." Brother 
John did, in his sermons, as Christ did at the 
wedding with the wine, kept back the best 
for the last. His sermons were all good, but 
the last was excellent, as the text from which 
he spoke was very interesting to the hearers. 
One individual, not belonging to the church, 
remarked that he could have listened to the 
brother all day. Whether he would have 
been willing to obey, I could not say, but I 
am inclined to think that he would have done 
like we often do, "leave undone what we 
should do, and do that which we should not 
do." ' May God help us to be hearers and do- 
ers of the work! The meeting was a pleas- 
ant one, and the only thing that makes us feel 
sorry is, that the brother could not stay long- 
er with us. May the Lord bless his labors 
everywhere. Jesse K. Brumbaugh. 



THE aOSFEL MESSEI^GEH. 



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III 3Ieni<»riuni, 



Elder John Crumrine was born in the 
state of Virginia, in 1799, and moved to Ohio 
with his parents in childhood. He lived in 
Montgomery and Darke counties. When 
quite young, he became a member of the 
Brethren Church, and was soon after called 
to the ministry. On the 13 th of May he was 
united in wedlock with Catherine Brenner. 
To them were born eight children, six of 
whom joined the church, and two of them 
were elected to the ministry. The labors of 
our departed brother extended over a large 
territory in Ohio, and he was zealous in the 
cause of the Master. Often he traveled 
on horseback forty and fifty miles a day, to fill 
an appointment. With eaddle-bags strapped 
to his horse, containing bread and butter for 
his own mealp, in one end, and feed for his 
horse in the other, he would travel till noon, 
then stop by the wayside, feed his horse, cat 
his lunch, and then continue his long ride. — 
This might be called old-fashioned missiona- 
ry work, and shows the earnestness of our 
old brethren. 

He moved to Indiana, and settled in Wa- 
bash county. Here he was ordained an elder 
and was given charge of the Wabash church. 
Here he spent the closing days of a long and 
and useful life. He was always found at his 
post, when able, and was ever ready to lend a 
helping hand to the needy. He was a wise 
counselor, a faithful minister, and a kind 
and loving father. He died Nov. 23, having 
nearly reached the age of eighty- six. Thua 
ended the life of our beloved elder. We are 
left with the hope that our loss is his eternal 
gain. Funeral services by brother R. H. 
Miller and David Neff, from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

C. C. Arnold, 



From Union City Clmrcb, Intl. 



The meeting at oui Jordan house was one 
of unusual interest. Bro. Samuel Neher did 
rightly divide the truth, "to the edifying of 
the disciples, and the seventh day the strong- 
holds of Jericho began to give way before the 
assembled faithful," and the inquiring cry 
came up as of yore, "What shall we do to be 
saved"? Two were baptized, and others said 
they would come soon. W. K. Simmons. 



Think not you are the only one who has to 
endure, and who dreads the hardships of life. 
Ease and comfort are the natural desires of 
the human heart, but there are thorns, real or 
imaginary, in every one's pathway, But sit- 
ting down and brooding will never bring pow- 
er to overcome them. Rather be up and doing, 
thankful for the blessings yet remaining. 

MATRIMONIAL. 

C ROYER— SOLLENHERGKR— Atthe residence of the 
bride's parf-nts. Dec. 18, Mr. .lohn Royer and Miss 
Maggie Sollenbcrgtr, both of Naperville, 111. 

Simon E. Yundt. 

KINSEY— ROESCH— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Dec. 7, by the unders'gned, Mr. Lewis Kin- 
sey, of Nicolet Co., Minn , and Susun Rcesch, of Sibly 
Co., Minn. S.vml'El Oulinokr. 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 

"Blessed are tlio dead which die in the Lord." 

HASTINGS.— In the Deep River church, Powesheik Co., 
Iowa, D(!c 18. of consumption, sister Amelia, wife of 
Roburt Hastings, and daughter of Emanuel and Cath- 
erine Newcomer, of Franklin Co., Pa., aged •")? years, 
11 months and 7 days. H.R.Taylor. 

FIKE.— In the Pigeon Creek church, Marshall Co. 111., 
Nov. 21, sister .Mary, wife of John M. Fike, aged 52 
yeais and 6 months. 

SHOTTS— In the Pigeon River District, Steuben Co., 
Ind., Dec. 1, sister Muria, wife of Bro. Henry Shotts, 
aged 48 years, 7 months and lo days. 

Isaac N. Snowjjekgeu. 

ARMENTROUT.— In the Mineral Creek church, John- 
, son Co , Mo., Dec. 11, of dropsy, sister Magdalene 
• Armentrout, aged 41 years, 4 months and 7 days. 

Fked Culp. 

^AMBERT.— In Thayer Co., Neb, Dec. 21, Mr. John 
Lambert, aged G4 year.s and 8 months. 

E. S. ROTHROCK. 

LICHTY. — In the Waterloo congregation, Iowa, Nov. 
21, sister Sallie, wife of brother Charles Lichty and 
daughter of brother David Beeghly, aged 4G years and 
G d lys. 

JVIRDEN. — In the same congregation, Dec. 20, sister 
]\lelida, wife of friend Charles W. Virden, and daugh- 
ter of brother Michael Reber, aged 'i'\ years, 2 months 
and 2!) days. L. R. Pf.ifek. 

POWERS.— Near Beaver, Boone Co, Iowa, Dec. 7, of 
scarlet fever, Albert Lafayette, son of brother Samuel 
and sister Susan K. Powers, aged 2 years, 1 month 
and 13 days. 

MILLER.— At Clay City, Ind,, Nov. 27, of old age. 
Barbara, wife of Abraham Miller, aged 88 years and 9 
months. A. Hsnsel 

JODER. — In the Mcyersdale congregation, Pa., Dec. 1, 
of .spasms, Annie Lizzie Joder, aged 6 years, 7 months 
and 22. days. 
When little Annie was but four weeks old, her moth- 
er died and she was then taken into the famdy of Bro 
Klingaman, her uncle. In growth .she was of fine size, 
but could neither see, speak or v\alk. She had < sequent 
attacks of spasms, the last one lasting about five hours. 

C. G. Lint. 

ERB.— In the Shipswany church, Oct. 18, brother Jacob 
Erb, aged 85 years, 10 months and i) days. 
Bro E. was born in Strasburg, France, in 1798; Em- 
igrated to La Grange Co., Ind., in 1844. United with 
the church ot the Brethren in the same year. He mar- 
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them, eight of whom are living. His lemai".'- were fol- 
lowed to the grave by a large concourse of people Fu 
neral services by the writer, from the words, "If a man 
die, shall he live again?" B. Lrek. 



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3:55 " 
7:25 " 

10:20 P. M. 


• 8:00 A.M. 
11:10 " 
3:15 P.M. 

7:tO " 
9:05 " 
§11:05 P.M. 
8:,i0A.M. 
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Lve Chicago 

ArrFt. Wayne... 

" Crestline 

•' Pittsburgh . . . 

" Johnstown ... 

•' Altoona 

" Huntingdon .. 

" Harrisburg . . . 

'■ Philadelphia.. 

" New York . . . . 


Lve New York .... 

" Philadelphia- 

" Harris nrg... 
! " Huntingdon.. 
1 " Altoona 

" Jotinstown... 

" Pittsburgh... 

" Crestline 

" Ft. Wayne . . . 
Arr C/hicago 



'Daily; tDnily except Handny;t Daily except 
Monday; 8 Daily except Saturday. 

0^ Pullman Palace Sleeping and Uotol 
Care through between ('hicago and New York 
and Day Coaches between Chicago and Pitta- 
burgh without change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. a. Baldwin, Gen'l Pass. Agt 
Manager 

PITT8B0KGH. 



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including I>r. Peters' Magnetic 
Blood Vit:ilizer 



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Chicago, 111. 
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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 



On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into effect on the Pennsylvania 
Railroad : 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 25 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail 2 10 P.M 8 EO A. M. 

Fast Line d OOP.M 11 SO A.M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon . Arrive Phil'da. 

Johnst'n Exp'se, 9 09 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express. ... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P. M. 

Mail 3 50P.M. H'bg., 780P.M. 

Mail Express ...8 05P. M 2 55 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8: 35 
A. M , Altoona, 12:25 P M., Huntingdon, 
1:24 P.M , Harrisburg, 4:15 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7: 25 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P. M., Altoona, 
9: 20 P. M., Huntingdon, 10: 30 P. M., Harris- 
burgh, 1: 20 A. M., and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

J.U.WOOD, 
CHAS. E. PUGH, Gen'l Pass. Ag't. 

Gen'l Manager. 

The Line Selected by the United 

States Government to carry 

the Fast Mail. 




GOING WEST. 

Principal Line 

FKOM 

GIIIGAGO,P£ORillandST.LOOIS 

BY W.W OF 

Omaha and Lincoln to Denver, 

OK VIA 

Kansas City and Atcliison to Denver, 

Connecting In t'nion Depots at K.insas City, Omaha 
and Denver wlUi Uirougli trains for 

SAN FRANCISCO 

And all points In the Great AVcst. 

GOING EAST. 

Connecting in Grand fnlon Dnpot at Chicago with 

tlirouRli tr;ilns lor 

NEW YORK, BOSTON 

AND ALL EASTERN CITIES. 
At Pcorlawlili through trnlnsforlndlannpolls. Cin- 
cinnati, Colunibns, and all points In the Soutli-IOa.<it. 
At St. Louis with llirougti trnlna for nil points Sonili. 

Elegant Day Coaches. Tarlor Cars with licclinlng 
Clialis (seats frcr), Smoking Cars Willi ItcNuhing 
Chairs, rullnian Palace Sloejilng Cars and tlufamous 
C. II. & Q. Dining ('ars run daily to and from Chicago 
and Kansas Clly, Chicago and Council BluITs, Chicago 
and Des Moines, Clile:igo, St. Joseph, Atchison aiid 
Topeka wittiout change. Only tluouRh Uno running 
thelrown trains between Chicago, LInroln and Den- 
ver, and Chicago. Kansas City and Denver. Through 
cars betweea ludlauapolls and Cuuucll Ululls, ua 
Peoria. 

GOING NORTH AND SOUTH. 

Solid Trains of Elegant Day Coaches and Pullman 
Palace Slccpinj: Cars are run d:illy to and from St. 
Louis, via llaunilml. Quincy, Keokuk, Burllnclon, 
Cedar Kaplds and Alhou Lea to St. Paul and Mlnno- 
apolls; Parlor tars with Kecllning Chairs to and 
from St. Louis and I'eorla. Only one change of cars 
between St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa, Lincoln, 
Nebraska, and D<nver, Colorado. 

It, l9 also the only Through Lino between 

ST. LOmS, MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL 

It Is known asthe great TllUortill CAK LINEof 
America, and Is unhersally adniilled to be Iho 

Finest Equipped Railroad in the World for 
all Glasses of Travel. 

Through Tickets via this line for sale at all It. R. 
coupon lickci ofllcesluthe I'niicd .stales and Canada. 



HENRY B. STONE, 

ASB't GeQ'l Uonagcr. 



PERCEVAL LOWELL, 

Qcn'l Pa«s. Aet.,Chic»so. 



The Gospel Messenger. 



'Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Kntoreil at the Post-Olfice at Mt Morris 111. 
as tjecund Class Matter. 



Vol. 23, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 20, 1885. 



No. 3 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BKUMBAUGH, Editor. 

And Business Manager uf the Kastem Honse, Box 60 

HiintioKdon. Pa. 



l']i,u. James A Sell has been holding a series of meet- 
ings in the Aughwick conjiregation, Hill Valley hoiue. 



Odr Mavriage Cerrificatt*8 are very protty and appro- 
priate. Tho::e using such pnpers should send for a lot. 

Tiio.SE who are not yet supplied with Mrefhren's Al- 
manacs, .should order as we still have a supply on hand, 
and can aoconimodate all who miv want them. 



Nkxt week we expect to be able to tell where our next 
Annual .Meeting will be located. That i.«, if the Com- 
mittee will b-" abic'to decide on a suitable place. 



Bho K. b. Bollinger, of VVhitley, Ind , reports, deep 
snow, cold reather and excellent sleighing. -So far. our 
snows have been very light, and the weather modera e 
and changeable. 



Bro Lamuel IliUery is on a preaching tour through 
the Eist. When la>t heard fiom, he was in Montgom- 
erv Co.. Vr\ FI-.-.c i.c may be euccesstul in doing good 



Bh i. Soloinon Buckalew has been doing some evan- 
gelistic work in .''0mer^et Co . Fa, of late. Hi« lab )is 
there are highly spok-^n of, and )t is thought that much 
gooi has been accomplished. 



It is thought Vjy some brethren that we ought not lo 
hold A M. in our district until the Altoonachuich hoube 
is paid for. Their argum'-nt is, that if we are not able 
to hel p pay for so wort hy an object, we are not able to 
hold .A. M. We are able to do both and much more, if 
we aie only willing to do so. 



Bno. Beery oxp' esses h mself much pleased with his 
Waynesb'^ro singing class. For singing the Brethren's 
llyiunal was us> d and as a result their church singiEg 
will be mucii iiiipioved. For the la t week wf have had 
a number of orders for Hymnals to be placed in the 
meeting'houses. We are now prepared ■to fill all ordeis. 



"Wai.kinc. with the World." an interesting poem, 
by an nnknawn author, has been sent us a number of 
times for publication But as we did publish it once, we 
heretofore laul it aside. We now place it in the hands 
of the copy editor for passate. If it >ails clear of the 
wasto-basket this lime, it will be read with interest hy 
m my that never saw it before. It contains more truth 
tiian piefry, and it will be well fur us all to invtstigate 
our relations to the world and see if there u not a little 
too much kinship existing between us. 



Bito. W. J Swigart is now pictiching for the brethren 
in IMiil.ulelphia; expects to remain a week or more. We 
are very anxious that the church there may be perpetu- 
ated and prosper. Surely there aie many souls in so 
large a city that will gladly receive the word, if given 
to them, and be saved. We oustht lo have a half do/.ep 
or more thriving congregations there, and could have, if 
the riglit kind of encouragement had been given to the 
upbuilding of the good cause. F3efoie any considerable 
work can be done in huge cities, the church must 'earn 
that church- houses and money must be provided and us- 
ed. A sacrilice that nnver reaches our pursen is ensily 
made and does not amount to much. We do not have 
enough of the earnosfncss of the Spirit. 



Buo. Peter Beer has changed his addiess from Sabula 
to Rocaton, Clearfield Co., l'i\. His friends will please 
make a note of this. 



Each subscr ber for the Fhreiwlof/ical Journal, for 
ISS-fi, can geca very beautifidly executed Phrenological 
Chart, which alone is worth the price of the .Journal. 



Eld. Moses Miller lias been sending us quite a good 
number of sub.'^cribcrs and with the percentage he helps 
the poor to the MessekgivIi. This is one of the wajs of 
lemembenng them, and, as a rule, such help is highly 
appreciated. 

We are sending out some very nice Fnmily Bibles at 
prices lo-wenough to suit everybody. We can furnish 
anv style desin d, at prices ranging from .^3 CO up to 
S20 00. Any one in want of Bibles should write us be- 
fore purchasing elsewhere. 



SuBSC'RiBEKS are still coming in encouragingly, and 
we hope for a consider.able increase over our list of last 
year. Agents should continue their efforts, as it is never 
too late to do good, and subscnbeis are always gladly 
received. ' • _ 

Bno. H. E. Sutton, of Bush Park, Va , is putting out 
a small tract, entitled, "Professor and Sinner." Will 
have mora to say about it when issued. He seems to be 
a workman of' c" r ' ■ ''^ ;''nsli and i- - r : to do 
- ,' " ■■-•-^,-.-' ^.. 

comiuondab'e, and the desire should be much more gen- 
era' than it is 

Bko John John, of Center, Ohio, is one among our 
most active agents. He is in his seventy third year and 
has alrciidy run his list up to fifty- one and is not done 
yet. His oi'j-'ct is not so much to get a large list as to 
get the Mi'SSKNOKK in as many fimil.es as possible; be- 
lieving, as he doe.s, that iis influence is for good We 
wish all of our agents could feel and work in the same 
way. 

In writing us, d(m't suppose that we can rf member 
your names or addresses, by omitting to give them. — 
While in a few cases we may be able to remtmber. in a 
lartre mnjority we cannot The other day we ifot a letter, 
containing a postal note from Tipton, Iowa, but no- let- 
ter with it, so that wo are entirely iu the dark as to the 
who sent the money, and if the sender does not discover 
hrs mistake, somebody will be blamed for neglect of 
duty. We note this, and many moio might be named 
to show that all the m stakes do not occur at our cfHce. 



THE ELDEK BROTHER. 



Man is not only fearfully and wonderfully made, but 
be is also exceedingly inciuisitive and takes great de'ight 
in prying into things both expedient and inexpedient. 
Among the many (liieries piesented from time to time; 
the "Elder Brotht r" lias not been overlooked, and just 
now before me lies a letter from a sister wishing to know 
who the "Elder Son" was, having reference to the 
brother lefi ried to. 

The prodigal or younger son rests in peace. We are 
not so much concerned about him on account of his rec- 
ogn zed kinship to us. We have had some experience 
in feeding swiue — of starving and plodding homeward 
all broken up, — yes. brother prodigal, we think we know 
you But this b'g brother who says that he alwuys re- 
miitied at home and helped father do the work, is now 
mad because his brother has come home nnd has been 
treated to a big dinner. Well, it is rather dillioult to place 
such a brother or to know who Le was, as it is kind of 
natural to suppose that he ought to havo Wen glad at 
the return of bis brother and gone in and had a regular 



gold time of rejoicing together. But then let us look at 
the circumstances a little. 

Suppose we are two brothers. Our father has been 
well-to-do in his business, and besides the old homestead 
he has managed to get two more faims. of about equal 
value. We have both grown up to be of age and feel 
like going into busine-!s on our own account. We go to 
father, and say : "Now, see here; wc are both of age and 
would like to try our own hands at business. Suppose 
you divide out between us and give each of us a farm . 
We will be satisfied with the farm-; }ou bought, while 
you can keep the old farm." 

• Father, willing to give us a trial, accepts our propos- 
als and d vides between us. I will be the younger son, 
and not wishing to farm, tell my land and strike for the 
city and pl-ay ibp. After a while I take to gambling, 
fast living, then drinking, and soon my money is all 
gone, and I am turned out into the streets to beg or 
starve. By this time I am sick enough of this kind of 
living to be ready to strike homeward. 1 go for home. 

In the meantime, you have learned of my experience, 
and go to father and tell him that since brother has 
turned out so badly, you will give your farm back again 
ttntt ../?... n.'.^ •^^ u.-....^ 'c.^ix,,^.^ — „pi ^7^T^ vCmaih at 

home and continue to work as jou did before. 

I come home and father is so overjoyed at my return 
that he concludes to forget the past entiiely, and goes to 
you and says: "See here, John. H B. has come back all 
l-ii;f»l>-.>n i»n. raef*''!. dirtv and sick, the farm so'd and thn 
money all spdnt. But aff the poor boy is very lepenfant 
and sorry for the course he pursued, suppose we forget 
the past and receive hiiu back home again the same as 
before he went away." 

What would you say? Perhaps you would not act 
like this elder brother did, but would you be willing that 
I should come home and be equal in heirship to your.self, 
after spending my share as I did? The probability is 
you would murmur at such an arrangement and be un- 
willing to accept it. 

Now, if our supposition is a parallel case, where or 
who is the elder brother? Theie may bo more of them 
than we at first thought there were, and we must not 
juilge him too harshly, especially if the elder brother 
was as dutiful as he makes himse.f appi-ar to be. 

While this parable has always been accepted as a very 
beautiful figure of the returning sinner, it is more gi u- 
erally suppo.^ed by Biblical students that it wj»s diirced 
to those whom he was at the time addressing. The 
Pharisees and those who claimed to be di^clpl^s of the 
Mosaical law represent the elder brother, aud the publi- 
can-< and sinners, to Ciilled, the younger brolliet, or re- 
turneil pro ligal. 

Wc shall not take thg time to show when or how I he 
Gentiles became prodigal, or the justness of the Phiui- 
sees' plea; but there is a show of resemblaiice in the cas- 
ts referred to, and had the Pharisee been true to bis pro- 
fession, there might have been caufo for complaint. We 
believe, however, that Christ, in p'fscntmg Ibis parable 
to the Phaiisr-es, sh.tped it lo meet their case as Ihey 
represented themselves, and tot as he knew them to bo. 

In reading this history, it is very » vident that the de- 
script on the elder brother gives of himself does not 
agree with the character of the Pha'is»'es. They pre- 
ff nded to be true and loyal children of their father Abra- 
ham, but as they were not, and could not hep but feel 
so, the figure or paiable wan drawn in a why to bring 
the truth homi to their own con.->cience8 and tench them 
that in their own rebellious condition they had not the 
claims on the father «"» the elder brother, but that fhey 
were equally prodieal and rebellions in thoT actions and 
dispositions. In reality they had no gieater claims on 
the father's estate than publicans and sinners, or i he 
Gentiles. They, too, bad gone away from the father's 
house and all alike bad to return as prodigal Rinnem. 



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34 



THE GOSFEL ly^ESSElSTGER. 



:bss-^"^s- 



Btudy to show thyself approveil unto (Jod. a workman that 

needath not be ashamed, riglilly dividing tlio 

Word of Truili. 



"THiS SAME JESUS." 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



To Brother Sutton, of Virginia : — 

I ENDORSE every word of your letter ia 
relation to prayer and faith as means of bod- 
ily healing. I have taken medicine only once 
in thirty years, and then simply as a loss of 
confidence in the promise of God in James 
5: 14, 15. I had been "spoiled" by "vain 
philosophy" and "science falsely so-called." 
I had been caught in the trap of Tyndall, 
Huxley, Cliffoid, and Co., and thought nat- 
ure was a self-running machine. But God 
gave me better schooling, and brought me 
back to the glorious and eternal truth, "The 
Lord God Omnipotent leigneth." Natural 
laws are simply modes of Divine imminence, 
and He does with nature what man does with 
the same materials and laws on a narrower 
scale. Jamea 3: i. 

I have again and again been raised from 
the very edge of death by the prayer of 
faith. Parents, brothers, sisters, and neigh- 
DoiB wcic oianrliTig roiiTid my bed when my 
eyes were broken and glassy, my extremities 
cold, my tongue stiff, and my heart fluttering 
like a lamp in its expiring flicker. The doc- 
tor felt my pulse at the wrist till all signs of 
blood were lost, then laid my white, pulseless 
hand on my breast, and turning to my broth- 
er, remarked, "He cannot survive ten min- 
utes." 

That was thirty-one years ago, and all who 
stood around my bed to witness my passage 
into the other world have fallen asleep, ex- 
cept two, and 1 am still here to suffer, and 
be made whiter for the upper sphere, and to 
testify to "the grace that is in Christ Jesus." 
My mother and sister snatched me out of the 
very jaws of death by "coming boldly to the 
Throne of Grace," and taking God at his 
word. Your recovery after being halfway 
over Jordan, and after the most skillful and 
world renowned physicians had failed to help 
you, is not a whit less miraculous than mine. 
God did not shackle his omnipotence by nat- 
ural law, but mad»^ matter a medium for the 
manifestation of His Lc^ve and wisdom and 
power. 

Second causes are not his hindrances, but 
his opportunities. The supernatural does 
not set aside, but uses the natural. There 
are many mediate ways to touch the hem of 
Christ's garmpnt, but only one immediate — 
fdifh. Our duty is to believe, not the how 
and the when, bat the promise. When we 
have done all tliat we are commanded, sub- 
jective and objective, we have not driven God 
to the limit of His resources. He has al- 
ways his infiuitude to draw upon. 

One of the salient characteriHtics of the 
church of this day is distrust of God's faith- 
fulness, wibdora, grace, and power. We think 
the age of miracles is past, forgetting that 
regeneration, the new creation of a soul in 
the image of God, is a moro stapendous mir- 



acle than that which was wrought at the 
Beautiful Gate of the Temple. Acts 3: 1-8. 
To quicken a soul under the insensibility and 
putrescence of spiritual death is a greater 
marvel than to raise up Lazarus after having 
passed into incipient decomposition. To 
raise up a sick person by prayer and faith 
and anointing with oil in the name of the 
Lord after the highest human wisdom and 
skill have failed, does not involve a greater 
departure from the ordinary course of nat- 
ure, than to snatch a soul from the mouth of 
hell with all the gravitation and impetus of 
"the law of sin and death," dragging it away 
from God. 

It is inconsistent and Christ- dishonoring 
fov Christians to dispute the recovery of the 
sick by faith and prayer on the ground of its 
miraculous character, while in the higher 
realm of suffering humanity they expect no 
results, save on the principle they disown in 
the sphere of the physical. The faith that 
gives such access to God has its rigid condi- 
tions, and- it is here that we almost universal- 
ly fail. Few are healed by faith, because the 
faith itself is absent. Christ could do no 
mighty works here and there,, "because of 
their unbelief." "He marveled" at their sto- 
lidity, and no less at ours. 

Science cannot argue stubborn facts out of 
my personal history. The caviling, skeptical 
Jews had many queries and objections to 
propound to the man whose eyes Christ had 
opened, which he could not logically refute; 
but he could fall back on a -certainty which 
shut the mouth of every gainsayer: "One 
thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now 
E see." Many such arguments God has wov- 
en into my own life, into yours, and into 
many others. "The earth is the Lord's, and 
the fullness thereof." Not an atom can slip 
out under God's finger. No force or influ- 
ence can touch us without his leave. "There 
is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to 
destroy." James 4: 12. 

At the age of five years, I was constantly 
awed by a sense of the Divine Presence. I 
had been begotten under the/eZ^ shadow of 
the Almighty. The fear of God gl-ew up 
with me, but not the love of God. To know 
ttie mystery of my own b^ing, of nature, of 
the Invisible Power that sustains all, was the 
burning thirst of my life from my earliest 
recollection. I was ambitious and isolated 
and self centred constitutionally. My aim 
was high, my scope was large, doing good 
my glory, but self was the supreme deity. — 
I knew it not. See how God overrixled and 
inaugurated events to make me "His habita- 
tion through the Spirit." Heaven and earth 
had to be shaken and dissolved, so that those 
things which cannot be shaken may remain. 
Heb. 12: 2G, 27. Not much left, but it is 
precious and eternal. 

Z' When I was a lad, I took my book along to 
work, to field Hud forest and stable, and gave 
every spare minute to the acquisition of 
knowledge. Hours that should have been 
given to sleep were spent over my books. — 
When the rest were locked in restful slum- 
ber, I would steal down- stairs, rake the coals 
out of the ash6s one by one and etady by 



their faint light till eyes and brain would 
ache intolerably. This was unwise. I was 
sapping a naturally feeble constitution, and 
laying the foundation for life-long suffering. 

When yet in my teens, I commenced teach- 
ing. Old log house, broken coal stove, con- 
stant inhalation of gas, sore throat, elonga- 
tion of the uvula, excision by a heartless 
butcher of a surgeon, profuse hemorrhage, 
cauterized by a hot iron. Fatal blunder. 
That sore I carry to-day. For one year I 
had my fauces caut erized every week with 
nitrate of silver. Doctor and patient equal- 
ly ignorant and foolish. 

Went to College at Gettysburg. After one 
course, took sick. Vibrated between life and 
death for a long time. Was mercurialized 
into utter helplessness. Placed in a rocker 
and carried from the fourth story to the 
stage, and taken to the home of sister Mar- 
garet Deardorft', near Petersburg. In a few 
weeks after, to my parents. For a long 
while, had to be carried from chair to bed, 
and had even to be fed like an infant. Wa's 
urged by my father to read medicine, and • 
complied. Studied in the offi^ce of Dr. Kem- 
per, old father Sprogle's son-in-law, along 
with Bro. S. H. Sprogle, now practicing at 
Shannon, Illinois. 

In February, 1853, went to Philadelphia to 
attend lectures, and secure the personal su- 
pervision of the Professors to arrest my fail- 
ing health. Throat still sore and growing 
worse. Became an oflice-student of Prof. 
Hollembalk, who resided at Burlington, New 
Jersey. Here, on the 10th of April, 1853, I 
was Smitten down into a hopeless wreck of 
suffering and incapacity. Was taken home 
135 miles on a couch, propped with pillows. 
Confined to bed one year, and to my room 
half a doz^n more. Speechless seven years. 
Regained my voice partially in 1860, which 
continued till 1870, when I again had to re- 
sort to slate and pencil. This time voiceless 
twelve years. Then again blessed with pow- 
er to vocalize with suflicient distinctness to 
dismiss my slate. 

A few months ago my sufferings returned 
with overwhelming force, and I sank the 
third time into aphonia. I cannot whisper a 
dozen words without great pain in my larynx. 
Am weak and emaciated. The severity and 
goodness of God are manifest in all this. — 
Rom. 11: 22 I am satibfied with the Divine 
dealings. This long history of dependence 
and suffering has chapters of agony and 
darkness and prostration and destitution and • 
neglect and deliverances and Divine interpo- 
sition which might draw tears from every 
reader, but I forbear. 

I am most of the time alone, baking and 
cooking for myself, but with the best of com- 
pany, and with sixty thousand promises in 
the Holy Oracles to comfort and inspire me. 
The thorn which God has thrust into my 
flesh will be removed just as soon as it has 
accomplished its mission. My S<vior is Je- 
hovah-Rophi, Jehovah-Jireh, Jehovah-Nissi, 
Jehovah- Jesus. "The Lord is my Shepherd, 
I shall not want." I am lightly esteemed by 
the many, even by God's own household, but 
a little circle need my ministry o£ suffering, 



THE aOSFEI^ MESSENOER. 



So 



and for them I cheerfully labor till death or 
debility pluck my peu from my fingers. At 
midnight, with the feet fast in the stocks in 
the inner prison, it is our sweet privilege to 
sing songs to Which God and his angels de- 
light to listen. 

A speechless man can talk with Jesus as 
directly and responsively as the most elo- 
quent. I can fall down between the cheru- 
bim on the Mercy- seat every hqur and ask 
my Godman Brother and Redeemer to fulfill 
Heb. 12: 10, and vouchsafe the humility and 
submission to repeat from the heart the great 
pivotal prayer of faith recorded in Luke 22: 
42. I have not known a day of freedom from 
pain since April 10, 1853, but every pang 
was a blessing in disguise, and I would not 
exchange my furnace for the highest position 
and the most rapturous condition of the most 
favored worldling on God's footstool. I 
would be glad indeed to recover my voice, 
and regain strength so as to fill a wider 
sphere of service for Jesus, but the whether, 
the tchen, and the how I leave to Him who 
"knoweth the times and the seasons" for all 
events and providences, and "ivho is wonder- 
fid in counsel, and excellent in working." — 
Isa. 28: 29. 

I am a firm believer in faith- healing, but 
believe also there are "cups" to drink which 
will not "pass," even when Jesus Himself 
pleads. Science in its arrogance and stupid- 
ity has made a terrible bugbear of the im- 
mutability of nature, so as to frighten and 
shame many Christians out of all faith in 
relation to the removal of naturally incura- 
ble diseases. God says that sickness is 
amenable to the prayer of faith, and science 
cannot invalidate this Divine assertion. N»t- 
ure is as limber to her Author as this pen is 
to my hand. 

But God has an eternally predetermined 
purpose, and He uses his media only in rela- 
tion to this end. Eph. 3: 11. We must not 
dictate to God, or lose sight of his ultimate 
aims; but in view of them, and in sympathy 
with them, we have full liberty in prayer to 
the extent of Matt. 21: 22, John 14: 13, 14, 
1 John 5: 14. This implies a oneness with 
God which few- realize in this nge of self- 
seeking, worldliness, and carnality. The 
faith that works "in the power of the Spirit" 
through the entire domain of human nature, 
is the very life that made Jesus Jesus, and 
enabled him to make the material and visible 
subservient to the higher and invisible. "As 
He is, so are we in this world." 1 John 4: 
17. 

VISIBILITY OP SIN. 



BY JOHN FORNEY. 



"Is sin visible to the mortal eye, or do we 
simply see the efifeot of sin?" The above is 
asked by M. M. E., in G. M., No. 49, page 
764. 

1. Common sense would seem to teach 
me til at sin can be seen with the mortal eye, 
as clear as its efiects. For sin is committed 
whenever a law is violated. For every crime 
i<j sin; and if a man never commits any of- 
fence, crime, or vice, or transgression of law, 



I would defy any jury to find that man guilty 
of sin. 

2. The Bible says, John 3:4: "For sin is 
the transgression of the law"; and John 5: 
17, "All unrighteousness is sin." Hence we 
see what sin is, and how it is brought about. 
The devil is the author of sin. He made the 
first lie, and is called the father of it, and 
abode not in the truth, John 8: 44. 

Now, to form a lie and tell it, cannot be 
seen; and there may be a multitude of other 
sins, such as evil eurmisings, envying, ha- 
tred, emulation, animosity, such as a man 
might be able to keep concealed in his heart 
for a time, that it could not be seen. 

But, as a rule, it is with all evil seeds that 
the devil sows and presents to the lust of 
man, like it is with all kinds of seeds which 
we deposit in the earth, — they soon spring 
up and come to the surface and show of what 
sort they are. 

So James tells us, "when lust has conceiv- 
ed, it brings forth sin" (chap. 1: 15); and we 
can then see what kind of sin the man has 
committed, whether it is theft, murder, for- 
nication, drunkenness, or any other trans- 
gression of law, that a man openly violates, 
which is sin that can be seen. 

"Whosoever committeth sin, transgresseth 
also the law; for sin is the transgression of 
the law." 1 John 3: 4. 

But that we may be better understood by 
the reader, and get a clearer idea of the sub- 
ject under consideration, — can sin be seen or 
not? — we will now ask. Did not Adam and 
Eve sin in taking and eating of the forbid- 
den fruit? Did not Cain sin when he slew 
his brother Abel? Achan was found to have 
sinned when he took the accursed thing. — 
Josh. 7: 20, 21. King Saul's sin could be 
both seen and heard, when he kept the best 
of the spoil. See 1 Sam. 15: 24, 25. Could 
it not be seen in the two sons of Aaron, 
"when either of them took his censer, and 
put fire therein, and put incense thereon and 
ofiered strange fire before the Lord, which 
he commanded them not to do" ? "And there 
went out fire from the Lord, and devoured 
them, and they died before the Lord." Lev. 
10: 1,2. 

Here both the sin and its eflfect were seen. 
I presume Israel's molten calf could be seen 
very distinctly, which was a great sin to 
them. See Ex. 32: 30-35. "And the Lord 
was very angry with Aaron to have destroy- 
ed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the 
same time." 

"And I took your sin, the calf which ye 
bad mude, and burnt it with fire." Dc^ut. 9: 
20, 21. Here the calf was the sin. David's 
sin was in numbering the people. 2 Sam. 
24: 10. "And David said unto the Lord, I 
have sinned greatly in that I have done." — 
See also 2 Kings 17: 21, how "Jeroboam 
drave Israel from following the Lord, and 
made them sin a great sin." 

Th^ above Scriptural examples, with 
a great number more that might be named, 
are enough to convince me that every unlaw- 
ful act a man commits, is a sin to him. And 
unless a man can give me evidence to show 
that to do a crime is not doing a sin, or vice. 



iniquity, wickedness of every kind, is sin, in 
the eyes of the laws, both divine and civil. 

But if it is true, as some men say, that sin 
lies concealed in man, and cannot be seen by 
man, but only its works or efi'tcts can be 
seen, then to kill a man will not be a sin, nor 
theft, nor drunkenness, nor fc-rnication, nor 
adultery, nor idolatry. Then the man should 
not be blamed, nor punished, but only his 
sin, that produced these evil works, or tfi'ects, 
should be punished and the man go free. 

In conclusion, I will give a few more 
Scriptural evidences. James 1: 15 says, — 
"When lust has conceived, it brings forth 
sin." Jesus says. Matt. 15: 18-20, "Those 
things which proceed out of the mouth, come 
forth from the heart, and they defile the 
man. For out of the heart proceed evil 
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, 
thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are 
the things that defile a man." 

These Scriptures tell us how and where 
sin is found, and how it is brought forth. — 
Anything that is brought forth, can be seen. 
Jesus does not say. It is hid, but it proceeds 
out of the mouth, comes forth from the 
heart. 1 John 5: IG. "If any man see his 
brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he 
shall ask." Old brother John had an idea, like I, 
that a man can see a man sin a sin. Let the 
above sujffice on the subject of sin. 

Abilene, Kan. 

FKAG.HKNTS. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



— Another year is past, and we enter up- 
on the new. Is it not a good time to quote 
Joshua's language to the assembled hosts of 
Israel? — "Choose you this day whom you 
will serve. . . As for me and my house, 
we will serve the Lord." Yes, this is the 
time men and women decide the question of 
the year's service, and many changes are 
made in the hope of finding a better, more 
agreeable, and more profitable situation. Are 
you not tired of the service of sin? Satan 
is a hard master; his promises are lies, and 
his wages is death. Young man, young 
woman, let me invite you to a better situa- 
tion and a more profitable service. 

The Lord wants laborers in his vineyard. 
Enter into the Master's work; his yoke is 
easy and his burden is light. Think of the 
dignity of the service and its glorious re- 
ward. Devils and corrupt men serve Satan, 
Glorious angels and the best, purest, noblest 
of earth are the servants of Jesus. Death, 
temporal and eternal, is the wages of sin, but 
the gift of God is life eternal, through Christ 
our Lord. 

— At the end of the old year, and the be- 
ginning of the new, men usually t^ettle old 
accounts, and start on a fresh, new page. — 
Bave you settled your account with God? 
There are, doubtless, a multitude of entries 
in the book of his remembrance, and the 
most of them carry out to the debit column, 
it is like a store account, which, if not fre- 
quently balanced, boou reacbeB a surprisinK 
length. Your account with God can be set- 
tled now upon the mobt favorable terms: lis- 



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THE aOSFEL ISIESSEI^aER. 



ten — "The blood of Jesus Clirist, bis son. 
cleanseth from all sin." 1 John 1: 7. "1 
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just t( 
forgive and to cleanse us from all unright 
eousness." 1 John 1: 9. 

— Carlyle said that a society for the pro- 
motion of common honesty would be a good 
thing if it would work. The modern meth- 
ods of violating this principle are legion, 
and even some professing Christians, wh< 
would abhor a common thief, are smirched 
with many of the smart tricks which pave 
the way to serious frauds and embezzlements. 
Strict honesty will always prefer loss to 
doubtful gain, and God will make good all 
deficiencies which occur along this line of ac- 
tion. 

— Who has the floor on the anointing ques- 
tion? One of God's alflicted children writes 
to me: "Last summer I was real sick and 
greatly desired to be anointed (for healing), 
but I had just read such a vei'y discouraging 
article on the subject in the Messenger, that 
I concluded the Brethren had ho faith in it, 
so I commuted myself to the Lojd and He 
HEALED ME." I wonder how many more oi 
the suffering saints are discoukaged by the 
views of our brethren who do not believe 
that James 5: 14, 15 means what it says. 



THE NEW LEAF. 



BY ADDIE HOHF. 



Head Before the Philorhetorian Society, Mount Morris 
Collef/e,Jan.9, 1885. 

Not in musty old tomes, whose vellum- 
covered lids and huge brass clasps tell of an 
age of secrecy and locked-up wisdom, nor iii 
late works of science and literature, hand- 
somely embellibhed in gilt and colors, and 
laid upon the parlor table, has the "New 
Leaf," whereof we would write, been found. 
Not to despise the lore and learning of our 
aforetime bards and teachers, we yet must 
develop the theme as it grows out of the liv- 
ing issues of this solemn time. 

"H^ppy New Year!" has been rung, ins 
chorus of voices, upon the street, in the 
counting-house, at school, and at the copy 
hearih of the home circle. Know you the 
meaning of thnt blithe phrase? Why, to be 
sure, it means that 1 wish you to have a 
pleasant, happy year in prospect. Ay, truly, 
but a moment's thoughtful consideratioo, 
please. What shall make the new year hap- 
py? Is it the jingliug of sleigh-bells, a dash 
in the new cutter, the talking and merry- 
making at the midnight party, the exhilara- 
tion of the dance, and the feasting upon 
dainties? O, fin! if jou think that mere bub- 
bles of pleasure which burst and vnnish as 
Boon as poBsessed, are of the least efficacy in 
conferring happiness upon their pursuer, you 
err wofully. O, ye blind and deaf! when 
will ye learn that 

"True happiness is not the growth of earth, 
The Boil is fruiOcss, if yon seek it there; 

'Tis an exotic of celestial birth, 
And n(;ver blooms but in celestial air." 

But granting that the genuine bud of hap- 
piness is beyond the granp of mortals, there 
is surely a foretaste which can assuage bod- 



ly pain, render mental agony less acute, and 
calm the billows of an aroused conscience. 

The ushering upon the stage of this new 
child of the now dead year, has given old 
Father Time an opportunity of slipping into 
our hands his annual message. It is a little 
book, with our name upon the outside. We 
open it almost mechanically. It is full of 
pages "all written o'er." 

"What a pretty hand," we remark, as we 
glance inside the cover. Who wrote this? 
The title-page reads, "The Kecord of your 
Life during the Year 1884, transcribed by 
the Recording Angel, at the Court of Heav- 
en." We turn over the leaves indifferently. 
We notice the writing becomes cramped. 
Why, what have we here? An ugly blot 
mars the beauty of the white vellum. A del- 
icate curve is suddenly broken, off, as by an 
untimely jar, spattering and spoiling the (Ex- 
quisite pen tracings. The page bears the 
marks of an ivory eraser, with which the 
scribe evidently sought to obliterate the ink- 
stains. But, alas! the parchment still seems 
soiled, and no earthly means will restore it 
whole as it was. Here the lines appear dis- 
connected; there is a dimness of expression 
which evinces the anxiety of the angel to ob- 
scure an act of outraged mercy, but whose 
very indefiniteness shows all too plainly the 
temptation and failure. 

Turning over the leaves rapidly, we see 
blots and cross-marks, more numerous as we 
approach the end of the volume. O, under 
what an accumulation of infirmities and what 
d lowering f^ky does our spirit sink into the 
arms of the old year, as does the weary sun 
into the restless bosom of the deep! We 
rihut the volume, and lay it into the old year's 
grave. As we consign it to the narrow vault 
tenanted by the illustrious dead, we shut our 
•^yes and wrap ourselves up in meditation. 

Of a sudden, a glory shines round about 
as. A messenger from the Court of Records 
descends upon a star, and speaks to us, say- 
ing, "Thus saith th« Amen, the Beginning of 
the Creation of God, 'i know your works; ye 
have slighted my holy law, ye have pushed 
aside the arm that would encircle you with 
love, ye have bent your footsteps whither ye 
have listed, and there is now no comfort to 
you. Return, ye children of men; O, look 
upon the Christmas child, and grant him a 
listening ear, as he prebeuts you his little 
brother, the New Year. My blessing still be 
upon you; take this book'of unwritten leaves, 
and inscribe therein good deeds.' " The an- 
gel is vanished; the star 

'That rose at eveninp bright, 
Toward heaven's descent lias sloped his westerinp: 
wheel." 

The cold, q;ray dawn breaks upon our rev- 
erie; the peal of New Year's chimes awakens 
the realities about us. We glance down at 
the gift of heaven's messenger, tightly clasp- 
ed in our fingers. With eager anxiety we 
open it, admiring the virgin purity^pf the 
leaves. How different its pure white pages 
from those of the book we have shut forever! 
Yet the other was just as white and unblem- 
ished one year ago. Here are the "New 
Leaves." What shall we write upon the 



first? Ah, me! what have we written al- 
ready ? Look at that young man's book! He 
has opened it with soiled fingers, and has for- 
gotten to take a new pen. The old one is 
btill clogged with the muddy ink of last year's 
use, and his lines are heavy and unseemly. 
O, my dear girl, how come you to tarnish 
your name so neatly polished upon the lid? 
In the great library in yonder high Court of 
Justice, are all these volumes shelved. What 
a pity that so many of your names, with 
blackened letters, must bear the frowning 
scrutiny of the Head Librarian! 

It is often difficult tojinderstand figures- 
But the theme is so old, its application to 
ourselves so new, and its magnitude so vast, 
that metaphors seem its appropriate expres- 
sion. The book we mention contains three 
hundred and sixty- five pages, each page rep- 
resenting a day of your life. The acts you 
do, the words you say, the feelings you cher- 
ish, the very thoughts you think, are remem- 
bered in the judgment by the Infinite Over- 
seer far more accurately than you would fain 
suppose. 

"Seest thou a man diligent in his business? 
He shall stand before kings; he shall not 
stand before mean men." Seest thou a stu- 
dent diligent in his research? One who is 
not given to vulgarity, nor profanity, nor 
gaming, nor late revels, nor pursuits of de- 
lights of the moment? One who pores over 
the ponderous calculations of La Place or of 
Newton, the amazing depths of Philosophy, 
the towering heights of Astronomy, the in- 
tricacy of thought and expression in the dead 
languages, and the strange pictures of hu- 
manity in ancient and modern history? I 
tell thee, he shall come to an high station. 
From the solid pedestal of unswerving integ- 
rity, knowledge, virtue, and benevolence, he 
shall be translated to a yet higher pinnacle 
of righteous glory in the realm of the Uni- 
versal King. His record shall be a pleasing 
one to read; and methinks I almost hear the 
golden tones of the Great Reader as He 
dwells, with loving accent, upon the beauti- 
ful passages of the life on the page before 
Him. 

O, the time is full of beautiful thoughts 
which well up from the heart f(U* utterance; 
and woiild that my tongue were as a flame of 
fire to quicken to pulsation the nobler in- 
stincts of self-sacrifice and holy devotion. A 
hundred sermons might emblazm these burn- 
ing thoughts upon your hearts in characters 
of living light, but not with a keener desire 
or higher purpose than my brief essay. 
Look aloft! amid the "high host of stars" 
which walk the sky in their far sublimity, 
read the handwriting of God. "I am Alpha 
and Omega" is written in a deathless scroll, 
spanning the everlasting heavens. Would 
you leap from the confines of a grave to be 
clasped to the great Heart of the Universe? 
Then act your solemn duty in the living pres- 
ent; say a kind word when you can; cherish 
a regard for the p^or and humble; and think 
much of your own conduct, keeping always, 
as a sure guide, 

"Heart vitbin and God o'erhead." 



THE GOSFEL MESSElSrOEH. 



37 



FAUILY VVOItSIIlP— OUH KXPE- 
KIKNCK. 



BY JOHN CALVIN BBIGHT. 



The family is the oldest institution in the 
world. Gen. 2: 24 It was ordained by God, 
and it has been and always will be respected 
by all vittaous and God loving people. Wor- 
ship is a principle deeplj' implanted in man's 
nature, God desires the worship of his no- 
ble creation. "The Father seeketh such — 
those who worship in spirit and in truth — to 
worship him." John 4: 23. Therefore, we 
conclude that nothing is more appropriate 
to a family — more in accordance with its de- 
sign than holy and solemn worship. 

The following Scriptures are apropos to the 
subject: "And thou shalt tesch them diligent- 
ly unto thy children and shalt talk of tlipm 
when thou sitteth in thy house." Deut. 6: 7. 
"As for me and my house we will- serve the 
Lord." Josh. 24: 15. "Train up a child in 
the way he should go." Prov. 22: "Bring 
them up in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord.'' Eph. G: 4. From the Scriptures 
above quoted, we conclude it is the parents' 
duty to teach their children to love and obey 
God's Book, sing his praises, and present 
their prayers to him. I can conceive of no 
better plan than to have regular family wor- 
ship. And to encourage others in the work, 
I will briefly and humbly relate my expe- 
rience. 

We had often been impressed with the pro- 
priety of it, (none will question that it is 
right,) but we were young, and "slow of 
speech," and some might point the ugly fin- 
ger of scorn at us. Shortly after we were 
called to the ministry, Bro. Qainter held a 
series of meetings in our church, and, as it is 
his wont, gave us practical Scriptural lessons. 
He dwelt with considerable emphasis on fam- 
ily worship. We thought the ideas advanced 
were good, but were ready to apply them to 
those who had large families. But brother 
Qainter's dinposition of the subject would 
not admit this. We finally suggested it to 
our companion, and to oui surprise, learned 
that she was not only impressed with its pro- 
priety, but had wondered why I did not en- 
gage in such a plain duty. We commenced 
at once, and a few years' experience has been 
a help, such as I did not anticipate. And 
when our restless, prattling sons, with devout 
and silent demeanor, bow with their parents, 
I am resolved to use this and all other God- 
giving means to induce them to lead a life of 
truth, peace, love and holiness, without which f 
none can enter the Gates of Pearl. 

TRUTH. 



BY NOAH LONGANECKEB. 



God is the author of truth; the devil of 
falsehood, or lies. Truth is tbe origin of all 
virtue. Fiilsehood is the origin of all vice. 
All things will finally be ju ig^d by the truth. 
Truth alone can make free. Ffdsehood ever 
leads to b'mduge. Truth alone can purify. 
Falsehood ever degr/ide-i mul pollutes. Truth 
is thu foundation and keystone uf all that is 
noble, excellent, virtuous, and good. Djceit 



is but the reverse of truth; so its effects must 
be the reverse. Truth courts iuvestigntion; 
falsehood not so. The devil and all his chil- 
dren hate the truth; they ever dii, do now, 
antl ever will revolt, conspire, and rebel 
agniust the truth. 

Christ says, "I am the truth." Christ came 
into the world "that he might destroy the 
works of the devi|^." And truly the devil has 
great wrath, "because he knoweth that he 
hath but a short time." From the fact that 
the devil is the adversary and opposer of 
God, and, of course, of all that is good, vir 
tuous, and true, we maj expect that all such 
will ever meet with powerful hatred and op- 
position. Indeed, so powerful they will be 
that Christ said, "I am come to sf^nd fire on 
the earth." And, "think not that I am come 
to send peace on earth; I came not to s'^nd 
peace, bat a sword. For I am come to set a 
man at variance against his father, and the 
daughter against her mother, and the daugh- 
ter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a 
man's foes shall be they of his own house- 
hold." Not that this was the direct object of 
Christ's coming into the world, but the great 
and powerful hatred and opposition that the 
devil and his children would have against the 
truth and its children, would bring about 
such results. Hatred and opposition to the 
truth has ever been followed by variance, 
fire, and sword. Some tell the children of 
God, "You must be careful in your teaching, 
lest you will give offence, and thua bring ha- 
tred to the truth and church." Some tell us 
that if we do that — to have the principles of 
peace and temperance enforced, which would 
meet with a revolt, or rebellion, we would be 
responsible for the evil. They forget the 
life and teachings of Christ and the apostles. 
Were Christ, and apostles, and primitive 
Christians responsible for all the rebellions, 
variance, and bloodshed, that followed their 
teachings? Verily, no. But, says one, "we 
should not engage in what may entail upon 
us very unhappy consequences." (A.M. Ee- 
port, page 64 ) 

Where would the world be to-day, if Christ 
and his followers, our forefathers and fa- 
thers had been thus minded? A certain writer 
says: "Better by losing of a life to save it, 
than by saving of life to lose it." "However, 
better thou perish than the truth." What a 
contrast between the two! But the latter is 
the spirit of the truth. It is true. Christians 
are to "be wise as serpents, and harmless as 
doves. Neither should they cast their pearls 
before the swine." But they should never 
hide nor sacrifice the truth to court the favors 
of the world. Moses migLt have said to God, 
"If I plead and petition for the Israelites, 
Pharaoh will but make their bondage more 
severe; and, if he shouKl harden his heait too 
often, he and his people might finally be 
de8tro}ed." But a strict adherence to the 
truth ahme, could bring peace in the en I. — 
"Truth is miglity and wdl prevail." The Is- 
raelites blamed Moses for increasing their 
rigorous boudHg^*: Pturaoh l>limel him for 
the plnguHH on E^ypt. The fact was, Pba- 
raoh's oppobitiou to the truth was the cause 
of all the trouble. Tie simple fact if, S tan 



haten the truth, and will rine up in meeting 
againht those who teach, practice, or enforce 
it. Shall we, therefore, oewse from doing 
either? Nay, verily, nay. The declaration, 
that the morn zealous and devoted we are in 
practicing and tenching the truth, thfi more 
hatred, opposition, and persecution we will 
meet with, is not a dead letter. History 
teems with illustrations innumerable of its 
reality. There is nothing plniner than that 
"those who will live godly in Christ Jet-UB, 
shall suffer persecution." Tbe truth of the 
matter is, "woe to you when all men speak 
well of you." How can it be otherwise, 
when the devil hates the truth. Truth is 
unchangeable; so its effects. Christ is the 
truth. In him are fulfilled all the promiseti, 
types and prophesies. He is the reality of 
what is found in shadows under the first cov- 
enant. "Sanctify them through thy truth. 
Thy word is truth." 

THE GOSPEL TO MAX. 



BY E. HOPKINS. 



The same sun that lighted up holy Eden, 
six thousand years ago, lights up the world 
to-day. It shines not for one continent alone, 
not for one solitary island in the ocean, not 
for one remote tribe only, but for all human- 
ity, that the wide earth may rejoice in its re- 
fulgent rays. The same God, to-day, who 
said, "Let there be light," at the beginning, 
sits upon his throne in heaven and rules the 
yniverse. Nothing escapes his notice, from 
the smalllest insect that floats unobserved 
by the naked eye, to yon myriad worlds that 
circle around their suns an high. 

The gospel was not given to a f.avored few. 
It is catholic in its nature, i. e. addressed to 
all mankind. That glorious proclamation 
uttered by our Savior over 1800 years ago: 
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest," is not 
yet ended. It now reverberates from shore 
to shore, and from sea to sea, with greater 
volume. It is extended to all of Adam's 
wandering sons, whether amid polar frost or 
basking beneath a torrid sun. The Malay, 
the Mongolian, the E hiopean, the Ameri- 
can, the Indian, the Caucasian; all, in fact, 
who will believe, may; even the lowest creat- 
ure upon God's foot- stool can, with equal 
confidence and child-like simplicity, look up 
and say, "My Heavenly Ftither! Thou art 
mine!" 

Tbuth is as almighty as God— let us not 
forget that. It is in no more danger than 
God is in danger. It does not ne^d t«j be de- 
fended, it only needs to be preached, and it 
will sweep error befi)re it as the WKVe sweeps 
the foam. St. Paul whs uo pole-uic; he wrttta 
preacher. H- proclaimtd the truth, set it 
forth, pret.ente(l it, broadl} and fully and 
clearly, and enforced it alb«>; but the contro- 
versial spirit of modern timen had no place 
in his writings or liin natnre. 
-^-^^^ • • • ^^^-~- 

What h folly it is t«» dread the thiought of 
throwing Hvvuy life at oiue, and yet hnvw uo 

rtgard to tho.ving it away by piec«meal! 



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THE aOSFEL jVIESSEISraEK. 



FIERY TRIiVLS. 



BY MATTIE A. LEAR. 



Bel^oved, think it rot strarge concerning the fiory 
ti-ial which is to try you. as though some strange thinor 
happened unto you " — 1 Pet 4, 12. 

And why these fiery trials, why must we 
needs expect them? These trials are not pe- 
culiar to any age or any clime. As they have 
always been the heritage of God's people, so 
they will continue until the end of time. 

God does not sulict willingly, nor grieve 
the children of men. He has a wise and be- 
neficent purpose iu sending or permitting the 
trials. Paul tells us what that purpose is. 
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth 
to be joyous, but grievous; nevrrtheless, af- 
terwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of 
righteousness unto them which are exercised 
thereby." That is their purpose, to purify, 
to cleanse. 

We are all very much the creatures of cir- 
cumstances. We know not what a person ie 
until he is tested. Same latent sin may lay 
concealed for years, simply because no excit- 
ing cause bus aroused it into action. But 
let the exciting cause be produced; let the in- 
dividual be brought face to face with that pe- 
culiar temptation which is calculated to 
arouse this dormant faculty, then the great 
test will come.v If not well fortified by di- 
vine grace, he will yield and fall. 

The apootle says, "I was alive once without 
the law, but when the commandment came, 
sin revived and I died." When Paul was a 
Jew, he was very good in his own eyes and 
in the eyes of his countrymen, for he tells us 
as touching the righteousness of the law he 
was blameless. Bat when the superior light 
of the gospel streamed into his soul, he saw 
himself as a vile sinner, his own righteous- 
ness as filthy rags. The latent sins of his 
heart aroused themselves, and in the agony 
of his soul he cries out, ''Oh wretched man 
that I am, who shall deliver me from the 
body of this death!" No more boasting for 
Paul, but deepest humility. He calls him- 
self the chief est of sinners, and the least of 
the apoetles, and says that he will only glory 
in the cross of Christ. 

When Hazael, of Syria, was a private man, 
and the prophet of God told him what dread- 
ful thiogs he would do when he should be- 
come king, he was indignant, exclaiming, 
"But what! is thy servant a dog, that he 
should do this great thing?" The prophet 
merely replied, "The Lord hath showed me 
that thou shalt be king over Syria." Bat 
how was it with Haznel? When the temptation 
came, he yielded, and did the very things of 
which the bare mention bad made him so in- 
dignant. Ah, how little we know ourselves, 
and caunot know until we are tried. This 
self-knowledge will always produce self-ab- 
negation. 

"Blessed ie the man that endureth tempta- 
tion, when he is tried he shall receive the 
crown of life." But alas, alan! all do not en- 
dure. S'»mH yield, btumble, fnll. Iu such 
the trial does n(»t produce humility, but it 
hardens and perverts. What is the savor of 
life unto life in some, is the savor of death 



unto death in others. Trials will either soft- 
en or harden, their efi'ect depends upon the 
u ^e we make of them. 

We are cautioned not to despise the chas- 
tenings of the Lord, nor faint when we are 
rebuked of him, "for," says the apostle, "whom 
the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourg- 
eth every son whom he receiveth." We are 
also encouraged that "in due season we shall 
reap if we faint not." If the trials are severe, 
the results are proportionally precious. Says 
Peter, "That the trial of your faith, being 
much more precious than of gold that per- 
isheth, thougli it be tried with fire, might be 
found unto praise and honor and glory at the 
appearing of Jesus Christ. 

We are naturally wayward and selfish. We 
like to lay our plans and carry them out, and 
do not like to be interfered with. But God 
has his plans for us, and he commands us to 
submit our wills to his, to carry out his plans, 
and not our own. Our stubborn hearts re- 
bel. Otir plans are dear to us. We have 
promised ourselves so much enjoyment in 
their completion, it is hard, oh so hard to 
yield. 

So long as we insist on having our own 
way, so long will we have sorrow and distress; 
for our ways always run contrary to God's 
ways. And it is Jiard for us to kick against 
the pricks. Submission to the divine will 
lies at the threshold of advancement in the 
divine life. Unfcil we attain to this we are 
continually fluctuating, advancing and re- 
treating. 

"As many as I love I rebuke and chasten," 
says Jesus. "Be zealous, therefore, and re- 
pent." When we follow the bent of our own 
minds, our ignorance and inexperience soon 
lead us astray. Then our divine Guide fol- 
lows us with his rebukes and chasteninga. 
Perhaps the instruments of our punishment 
are those whom we were most anxious to 
please. Satan, taking advantage of our per- 
plexities, assails us with his darts, until our 
brains reel, and our hearts quiver with the 
weight of our mental anguish. But he who 
himself suffered, being tempted, is able to 
succor them that are tempted. "As one whom 
his mother comforteth," saith he, "so will I 
comfort you." There is no earthly love so 
pure as a mother's love, and who has not 
wished himself a child again to be loved and 
caressed by that dear mother, who so tender- 
ly soothed all our infant sorrows, when the 
weight of earthly cares pressed upon us, and 



all understanding, keeps our hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus. 

Let us ever keep near the cross. All our 
discourageraents and perplexities originate 
in our departure from this. If God be for 
us, who can be against us? 



DEATH LOOKED AT IN TWO WA.1lS 



BY J. W. SOUTH^YOOD. 



The first and more common way of look- 
ing at death, is to consider it as the sad con- 
sequences of the "the fall." That is by the 
disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden. 
"For as by one man's disobedience many 
were made sinners;" "Sin hath reigned unto 
death," and, again, "Wherefore, as by one 
man sin entered into the world, and death by 
sin; and so death passed upon all men, for 
that all have sinned." 

We look upon death as the consequence 
of the great Adamic fall, for God command- 
ed Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge 
of good and evil, and told him that "in the 
day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." 
Notwithstanding this divine command, he 
partook, and so became dying in his nature 
from that day, and thus death became im- 
planted in the human family; for we read, 
"In Adam all die," and so death is the conse- 
quence of the fall. 

And when we contemplate the sorrows, af- 
flictions, and bereavements occasioned by 
death, we can but look at death as the sad 
consequence of the fall. 

In the second place we look at death as a 
wonderful and powerful demonstration of the 
ability and truthfulness of God in the execu- 
tion and fulfillment of his word to mankind. 
This view may be paradoxical, yet, when well 
considered, proves a powerful incentive per- 
manently secured. When we consider that 
God told Adam that if he ate- of the fruit, 
which he commanded him not to eat, he 
should die, and that he did die, it thereby 
proves that God is able and truthful in car- 
rying out his word. 

While we look at death as the sad conse- 
quences of the fall, thai "as in Adam all die," 
the happy thought presents itself, "So in 
Christ shall all be made aliye," and "as by 
man came death, by man came also the res- 
urrection from the dead." The .idea is, that 
as we had nothing to do in Adam's disobe- 
dience which brought death upon all, so we 
have nothing to do in the work of resurrec- 
our hearts were wrung with the uukindnessf tiou, but Christ, without our aid, will make 



of our fellow- creatures. But Jesus, dear Je- 
sus, is such a friend. To him we can go 
when we are heart-sick and foot sore. We 
can become little children again, receiving 
his caresses, his embraces, How touchiugly 
sweet is this promise! We will never be free 
from the assaults of the evil one so long as 
we are in the flesh. But if we are well pano- 
plied with the armor of God, his darts cau- 
not harm us. We may not always know the 
whys and wherefores of God's dealings with 
us, but th- re in a substitatH for the explana- 
tions of heaven. It is iu the absence of sight, 
to walk by faith. By believing, we enter in- 
to rest, and the peace of God, which passeth 



all alive. Death, when it shall have filled its 
wonderful miesitm of so forcibly demonstrat- 
ing God's truthfulness and power, will be 
swallowed up in victory. 

Christ is the resurrection of the first death, 
but there is a second death spok^'U of with- 
out any one as a resurrection. With the sad 
and wonderful consequences of Adam's diso- 
bedience before us, may we, as God's crea- 
tures, consider ourselves as in a garden with 
good and evil set before us. Mty we, in the 
garden of life, lay hold of God'a word with 
the idea practically stamped in our hearts 
that God's word is true and powerful, remem- 
bering that Christ is the resurrection only of 



THE aOSI^'EL MESSEISraER. 



89 



the first of Adim'a death. After being so 
forcibly reminded by the sorrows and aad- 
ness of death, how careless would people be 
without this wonderful demonstration? 



WHY FAST? 



BY 0. 0. ROOT. 



As a kindred subjVct to that of anointing 
of James 5: 14, which has now been pretty 
fairly and folly ventilated through the col- 
umns of the Messenger upon the question 
of its origiail d^siga; may we not now, with 
propriety, and to the interest of many read- 
ers, and to the edification of many of our 
Father's cliildren, and to the glory and pleas- 
ure of the Master, open the new year with a 
similar investigation of, and a friendly delib- 
eration upon the propriety and design of fast- 
ing, as set forth iu the Nt-w Testament iScript- 
ures? Or, shoiild we wait till we receive it 
as a subject for consideration authorized as 
was the former, by the A. M? We think not, 
because A. M. never laid any such restrictions 
upon u«, nor have we any reason to believe 
that A. M. would have found fault with the 
former, as it is, had it not been so authoriz- 
ed. 

Now, when we consider Paul's testimony 
of the superiority of Christ's mission and mes- 
sages as suggested in the first chapter of Ro- 
mans; and the solemn charge of chapter 2: 2, 
that we "therefore, give the most earnest heed 
to the things which we have heard, lest at 
any time we should let them slip," we then 
begin to see some importance connected with 
the limits Jeaus gives on "the children of the 
bride-chamber" fasting when the bridegroom 
had gone away. Mark 2: 18-20; Luke 5: 33- 
35, and Matt. 6: 16. And as precedents in 
the apostles' observations of the sayings and 
doings of Jesus on and in fastings, see Acts 
10: 30; 13: 3; 14: 23; 27: 33; 1 Cor. 7: 5; 2 Cor. 
6:5. 

Now, if this is taught and practiced by the 
Brethren as it was by the apostles, why 
should notour isolated and proselyted mem- 
bers hear more about it through the Messen- 
ger, as their only resource of testimony to 
the Word? 



THE TWO KOADS. 



BY FANNIE MORROWv 



CiiuiST, in his memorable sermon in the 
Mount, tells us of two roads— one broad and 
the other narrow. He also tells us wher« 
these roads lead. The broad one to destruc- 
tion—the narrow one to life, — life, which all 
mankind prize so highly, even iu this state of 
existence, and which many endeavor to pro- 
long by great expense and much precaution. 
Y et they will refuse to walk in the way, 
the only way which leads to eternal life. Men 
construct roads with line and compass for 
the convenience of travelers from one part of 
the earth to another, which adds very much 
to the comfort and expedition of tliose desir- 
ing to travel. Indeed, the number and varie- 
ty of ways for travel, which the invention of 



man has sought out, would require much time 
and patience to describe. But of all of them 
we may say they are subjVct to change. The 
hands that construct, and the heads that con- 
trol them for ten, twenty, or perchance for 
eighty years, are bound, by the inevitable law 
of nature, to pass away, and thus leave them 
to the will and caprice of those who follow. 
But of God it is written. He is from everlast- 
ing to everlasting the sam^i, and his ways 
change not, and what he has written of them 
remains immutable as the eternal throne. 
Let U8 try to comprehend this fact, the two 
roads, the broad and the narrow, hold all of 
earth's inhabitants to-day. ^here is no mid- 
dle path — all, everyone, must be in the broad 
or in the narrow way. 

Chribt invites and admonishes all to enter 
in at the straight gate, and walk in the nar- 
row way which leads to life, while at the same 
time he declares, "Wide is the gate and broad 
is the road which leads to destruction, and 
many there be which go in thereat." O, that 
broad road ! What a heedless, careless throng 
it carries, what a great variety of characters 
are there, the moralist, the miser and the de- 
bauchee, in a word, all who are out of Christ 
are traveling toward a certain goal. We 
sometimes hear them say, "We are doing 
more good in our benevolent societies than 
the churches are; we prefer more liberty; we 
would not hold such narrow views," etc. 

•Please remember, dear friends, that your 
road is broad enough to hold all the hypo- 
crites, the self-righteous, and the stingy ones 
who hold a name in any Christian church, 
and they are with you, for they do not an- 
swer the description of those who walk in 
the narrow path our Savior trod. 

And think not the Christian has no joy, no 
happiness. Come into this narrow way, and 
when you have once felt the inflowing of that 
preciouf, divine love which words cannot de- 
scribe; when once you have felt the Father's 
hand- clasp holding you above the waves in 
time of sorrow and bereavement, you will 
never wish to go back to the broad road. 
Hundreds of years before Christ came into 
the world, the prophet Isaiah, describes the 
narrow way. He says it shall be called the 
way of holiness. The redeemed shall walk 
there, and the ransomed of the Lord shall 
come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy 
upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and 
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flt^e 
away. 

^ « ■! 

MY THOUGHTS. 



BY E. A, ORR. 



Number 1 . 

The third day of the new year, 1885, is 
drawing to a close, and I am sitting at a win- 
dow of the "Central House," Forrestou, 111., 
and watching the busy scene in the street 
stretching out before me. Need I tell you I 
am sick away down in my heart? Well, I 
am. I have beoh watching the movements 
of the creature man, and how dillicult^i find 
a face that is not all haggurd by sin! 

Old and young are alike marred by it. 
They are so foolish and yet they do not know 



it. They pretend to wisdom and would "fly 
to pieces" if I asserted the contrary of them. 
I am so sorry for them! I would ask them 
to stop sinning and become more beautiful; 
but they would call me an "old fool," and 
rudh right on to ruin. They say they have 
no time to hear preacher's talk^ or "old wives' 
fables." Men are not only wicked, but they 
are mad with wickedi}e8S. 

I am no Stoic, neither am I a Pessimist. I 
cannot be indifferent to the conduct and suf- 
fering of man, neither do I forget that there 
is some good iu him. Notwithstanding so 
much sin and woe, I am glad I am not yet 
forced into either of these extremes. I wish 
sometimes I could cry, and would force a cry 
if I thought it would do any good. But no, 
reason nor tears will reach some m-m's 
hearts. "Ephraim is joined unto his idols." 



suEi»iii:«os. 



BY UNCLE .TOHN. 



What would you think of a shepherd that 
had a flock of sheep, and would come to feed 
them, and some would not come up to eat, 
perhaps lying down in the back part of the 
field sick, and he would not look after them? 
I tell you what, he would soon lose all his 
sheep. "The good Shepherd giveth his life 
for the sheep." Shepherds look after your 
flock, for it is well to look after them before 
they get sick. Go from sheep to sheep, as 
they may be scattered over a large field, and 
if you don't look after them, the wolf may 
catch some of them, and scatter the others. 
We have good shepherds in the church, but 
they do not look after the flock as much as 
they should. It is high time to wake up, 
and see after them before they die. Why 
have we shepherds, if the sheep can take care 
of themselves? Exhort them "to love unity, 
humility and obedience, after the example of 
Christ." May the Lord help you to do so. 



We must not think that our risen friends 
will meet us when we die and lead us to 
Christ; I have heard that idea so often ex- 
pressed, but there is no warrant iu the Bible 
for it. Christ is the only door through which 
we can enter, and He will lead us once more 
to our friends. We need not fear that He 
will stifle our hearts' desires and affections, 
when He has given them to us and knows 
that they are good. But nothing must be 
substituted for Christ. Darkness is left that 
He alone may stand clear; we may not try to 
illuminate that darkness withour earth lights. 
We must not depend upon other influences 
and communications to clear it. "I am the 
way, no man cometh unto the Father but by 
Me.y Surely, if we cannot come to the Fa- 
ther but through Christ, neither can we to our 
friends. It is through Christ that we find 
our dear ones. The Christian must not have 
a single thought about Heaven iu which He 
is not present — The Guide. 

When you fret and fume at the petty ills 
of life, remember that the wheels which go 
round without creaking, last the lonc^est. . 



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- .Inn. 20, 18«.'>, 



Five were recently baptized at Mt. Etna, 
Iowa, and three at South Bend, Ind. 



Brother I. J. Eosenberger, of Covington, 
writes, "Bro. Lewis Teeter is now with ijs. 
Congregations are unusually large, and prod- 
igals are coming home.'' 

Bro. J. F. Eikenberry, of Greene, Iowa, is 
visiting in Indiana, and laboring in the Mas- 
ter's cause. He may be addressed at Flora, 
Carroll Co., Ind., until Jan. Slst. 



Brother J. D. Haughtelin, of Panora, 
Iowa, is to hold a series of meetings in the 
White Cloud and Whitesville, Kan., congre- 
gations, commencing on the evening of the 
24th inst. Hope success may attend our 
brother's labors. 



"What has the Lord said to us for our sal- 
vation? Does he say to us, for our salvation, 
what ho said to Peter, to John, to Paul? If 
not the same, what does he say to us? AVhat 
did he require of the apostles unto salvation 
that he does not require of us? If he re- 
quires more of us than he did of them, in 
what book is it recorded? If less, where 
shall we find it?" 



Bro. John Wise is again at his home in 
Kansas. He spent some time among the 
members in the Miami Vtilley. We have an 
interesting report from him which will ap- 
pear next week. As they have now a new 
town and post-office nearer his home, his ad- 
dress is changed from Northfield to Conway 
Springs, Sumner Co., Kan, Those wishing 
to write to him, will please note this change. 



Bro. Moore says that when they first 'set- 
tled at Keuka, Fia., it was found that people 
would not come out to meeting regularly. 
They then organized a Sunday-school, got 
the children interested, and a few were induc- 
ed to work in that way. The school has in- 
creased until it now has a large attendance, 
and is full of interest, and the regular Sun- 
day meetings for preaching are also well at- 
tended. 



Bro. W. W. Folger, of Osceola, Iowa, has 
been in poor health for some time. He is 
now on his way to Florida, where he hopes 
to regain his health. We trust he will not 
be disappointed. 



Bro. Levi Mohler, of Cornelia, Johnson 
Co., Mo , is visiting with the Brethren at Mt. 
Morris. He goes from here to his old home 
at Covington, Ohio, where he will spend some 
time with friends and relatives. 



Bro. Stephen Yoder writes that he has 
been holding meetings in Adams Co., Iowa, 
with the assistance of Bro. J. Barto. The 
meetings closed January 5, with additions to 
the church by baptism. 



Some one has said, "Shrouds have no pock- 
ets." These four words contain a truth that 
must strike terror to the worldy minded. Be 
he ever so rich in gold and lauds, not a dollar 
of his gold, not an acre of his land, can he 
carry with him when he is shrouded for the 
tomb. At the mouth of the grave, Lazarus 
and Dives, the millionaire and the beggar, are 
alike penniless. 

r ■■ "^ 

f In a large manufacturing town an employ- 
er one Saturday paid to his workmen, S700 
in crisp, new one dollar bills that had been 
secretly marked. On Monday following, 450 
of those identical bills were deposited in the 
bank by saloon-keepers. When this fact be- 
came known to the workmen, they at once 
were convinced that saloons were an evil, 
and they, by their votes, assisted in making 
the place a no-license town. 



Bro. W. K. Simmons says, "Brother Jesse 
Stutzman just closed a very interesting series 
of meetings in the Union City church. The 
disciples were much encouraged and sinners 
made to see the necessity of obeying the gos- 
pel. Five were baptized. If people could 
only be convinced that the horrors of being 
baptized in cold weather are to a very great 
extent a delusion pressed upon their minds 
by the adversary of souls, much more good 
could be done." 



There come, at times, to all of us, strong 
yearnings for a better life, a desire to be bet- 
ter, purer, and holier in the sight of God. 
These are hours of God's visitation, and of 
the spirit's gentle wooing, and in unmistaka- 
ble words it says, "Soul, come up higher." 
Ah, these are precious moments, for in such 
an hour the soul is not far from its Maker, 
and if we follow the light that comes to us at 
such times, we shall surely enjoy a closer 
walk with God. 



We should never let prejudice blind us to 
the good that is in the present, neither should 
we foolishly reject the wisdom of the past. 
We need the experience, the result of its la- 
bors, the sturdy common sense, and the solid 
wisdom of the fathers, arytl with this we 
should use whatever good comes to us in the 
present. To use either, one without the oth- 
er, is to lack ballast, to be one sided and to 
fail to be thoroughly furnished unto every 
good work. 



Bro. John HoUinger, of Piussel, Kansas, 
writes that the church is in love and union. 
They have fifty members, six ministers and 
five deacons in their congregation. Many 
are moving into their county, and he says 
there is room yet for more to come. 



Bro. J. H. Baker, of Enterprise, Kansas, 
has recently suffered a heavy loss by fire. His 
barn, including 8 horses, 1000 bushels of 
corn, 800 bushels of oats, and all his farming 
implements were burned. In order to start 
again, he offers his land for sale. Any one 
desiring a good, improved farm will do well 
to write to him. 



At this season of the year we are crowded 
with business, and we ask the patient consid- 
eration of our patrons. Mistakes sometimes 
occur, but the fault is not always ours. Names 
are hard to read when not plainly written, 
and often letters and postal cards are receiv- 
ed without post-office address, and sometimes 
even without the names of the writer. In all 
cases we aim to do the best we can. Again, 
we ask all who write to the office to give post- 
office, county and state plainly in every let- 
ter. 

We should labor to get our hearts right in 
the sight of God. In order to do this, a daily 
examination is necessary. And we should 
not only examine our actions, but the motives 
that lay behind our actions. Men look at our 
actions; God sees our motives. The heart is 
the fountain, and if the fountain be kept 
pure, the stream will take care of itself. Let 
our brethren preach more on the condition 
and working of the heart and labor to get 
that right, and then we shall see less exter- 
nal corruption, and more of a Christ- like hu- 
mility in our lives. 



On Sanday, the list inst, 224 wer« pres- 
ent at our Sunday-school in the chapel at 
this place. 193 scholars and 81 teachers and 
visitors. The work seems to be growing in 
interest, and teachers and all connected with 
the school officially, realize the great respon- 
sibility resting upon them in the work of 
teaching the truth to those who are placed 
under their care. Daring the last quarter the 
sum of $14.39 was given by the school for the 
Danish Mission. This is oommendable, and 
we hope more of our Sunday-schools may 
take part in this good work. 



We have in the church a variety of talent, 
and it is all necessary to the sucf^essful carry- 
ing forward of the work of the Master. It 
took a Paul to plant, an Apollos to water and 
a Peter to feed the flock. Some of our breth- 
ren are blessed with the qualities that go to 
make a good housekeeper in the church, oth- 
ers are powerful in exhortation, and others 
still are skillful in doctrine. Some are qual- 
ified for business matters, whilst others ap- 
pear to lack in these qualities entirely. To 
accomplish the most good, each one should 
labor in the sphere for which he is fitted. 
God has given us all a work tn do, and gives 
us a special call to do that work, by having 
bestowed upon us the qualifications necessary 
to its successful accomplishment. 



THE aOST'ET^ MESSEjSTOER. 



41 



Brother Hadsell is distributing tracts and 
sending the Messenqeu into a number of 
families in Chicago. He says the seed sown 
in this way is bearing fruit and before long 
a place for preaching the Word by the Breth- 
ren will be opened in tho great city. May 
the Lord bless the work. 



If any of our brethren become elated by 
position or office in the church, let them 
learn a lesson of humility from Paul's fare- 
well address to the Elders at Miletus. Acts 
20: 17-38 His whole ministry in Asia had 
been marked with the most wonderful suc- 
cess. Churches had been established, elders 
ordained, and great numbers had been ccfti- 
verted to Christianity. Yet he says that he 
had been with them at all times with lowli- 
ness and humility of mind, with tears and 
temptations which befell him by the stub- 
born opposition of the Jews, and with much 
labor teaching them, both publicly and from 
house to house, "repentance toward God, and 
faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." In 
him the spirit of arrogance, dictatioli and 
pride had no place. His high apostolic of- 
fice was to him a badge of humility, and his 
successful mission in Asia, the rich miracles 
which he performed, the churches which he 
organized and established, the elders whom 
he ordained, and the sinners who, through 
his preaching, came to Christ, did not elevate 
him, or make him a "lord over God's heri- 
tage." The saying that truly great men are 
always humble, has never been better exem- 
plified than in the life and work of the great 
Apostle of the Gentiles. 



If all tlie saloons in America were placed 
in two parallel rows, we should have a street 
nearly 130 miles long. . Marching down this 
horrible street of death and eternal ruin, is 
an army of habitual drinkers seven million 
strong. Placed in close rank, five abreast, 
they fill the street full from end to end. The 
ranks of this mighty army are being con- 
stantly increased. Every saloon is a recruit- 
ing office and every saloon-keeper is a re- 
cruiting officer, or rather an agent of the dev- 
il. Let us hurry down by the ranks of this ar- 
my. Ah, what a scene meets our eyes! Drunk- 
en brawls on every side. Misery, wretched- 
ness and wo in every countenance. Every 
mile we travel our eyes and hearts^re shock- 
ed by a murder, and every five miles a sui- 
cide, maddened by strong drink, lies dead on 
the ground, his life taken by his own hand, 
nay, rather by the accursed hand that put the 
bottle to his lips. Every day from the ranks 
of this army fiye hundred men fall into drunk- 
ard's graves. But why continue! Our pen 
is powerless to paiut the horrors that are met 
on this line of march. Christian reader, are 
you using your influence against this terrible 
evil? Are you secure from the influence of 
the curse of intemperance? Are not your 
children constantly menaced by those who 
would lead them into the ranks of the drink- 
er's army? Let each parent ask themselves 
this question. Is there to be a recruit taken 
from my loved ones for this army ? God help 
us to save our dear ones from a drunkaid's 
grave ! 



A BROTHEU says that some of our ministers 
do not concentrate their efforts enough. He 
suggests that more could be accomplished by 
preaching at home and building up a good, 
strong church there, and then branching out. 
This may, in part, be true. Men may often 
accomplish more by not attempting to culti- 
vate too much ground, and cultivating that 
little well. 

We hear from some of our patrons that 
they do not receive the paper regularly. We 
are sorry that failures of this kind should oc- 
cur. It should be understood that the mail- 
ing of our papers is very promptly attended 
to. "The names of all our subscribers are set 
np in type, and each* week the galleys con- 
taining the type are run through the mailing 
machine. In this way no mistakes can be 
made here. If a name is placed in a galley, 
the paper is sure to be mailed. Careless 
post-office clerks are often responsible for the 
loss of papers. If, at any time, your paper 
should be lost, notify us at once by postal, 
giving name, post-office, county and state in 
full, and we will, if possible, supply the miss- 
ing number. This should be done as soon as 
the paper is missed. 



KIND WORDS FROM OUR READERS. 



BeO. Jos. Myers, of Decatur, Ind., says, "I 
have no facilities to hear our preaching, as I 
am fifteen miles from the meeting-house. I 
must say I cannot get along without the Mes- 
senger, as it is a source of great encourage- 
ment to me." 

Sister Mary K. Charles, of Wrightsville, 
Pa., expresses her mind as follows: "I can- 
not understand how any brother of sister can 
do without the Gospel Messenger. I al- 
ways fiad something in it to comfort and 
strengthen me. It is a welcome messenger 
in my home." 

Bro. Hussack, of Ontario, Canada, says, "I 
loan my paper to others, thereby hoping to 
lead them to the gospel. Some will not read 
it at all; it shows them their duties too plain- 
ly. Others who read say they see more in it 
about their duty to Christ than they ever 
heard from all the preaching they have lis- 
tened to. There are hundreds of homes in 
this country where the Messenger should bo 
sent, for many of them have never heard the" 
gospel preached the way Christ commanded 
it to be preached. Dear brethren, still con- 
tinue to send out through the world a paper 
that upholds the true principles of the gospel 
and the Lord will bless you in your labors." 

A sister, in writing from Ohio, says "I can- 
not do without the Messenger, as it affords 
me much spiritual food. I am much pleased 
with your efforts, and thank you for what you 
have done. May you continue your efforts 
for good and may God's blessing rest upon 
you and all His people." 

We miglit give a number more of these 
kind, helpful words, but these will suffice to 
show that the editor's life has some bright 
spots in it too. We are Inboriug to the- best 
»)f our ability to give our readers a good pa- 
per, aud we trust its. power for good may be 
constantly increased. ' 



THE DEDICATION IN HAGERSTOWN. 



Haqebstown is the county-seat of Washing- 
ton county, Maryland. It is a town of about 
eight thousand inhabitants, aud it is surround- 
ed by an excellent farming community. It 
is also noted for its railroad connections. 
There are three that go through it. It seems 
that in its early history it possessed some at- 
tractions, and gave promise to become a place 
of some importance, for when George Wash- 
ington was looking about for a place for the 
capital of the United States, he visited Ha- 
gerstown to see what advantages it possessed 
to make it the seat of government of our great 
country. It, however, did not become the 
honored spot at which was to be concentrat- 
ed the wisdom of our nation, and from which 
were to go out the laws that are to govern us 
in our civil government. 

Hagerstown is also surrounded by a con- 
siderable number of our Brethren, while sev- 
eral have for some time resided in it. There 
are three churches around Hagerstown, all of 
which extend into the town. These are 
Broadfording, Beaver Creek, and the Manor. 
As there have for some time, been some 
members living in town, and srome in the vi- 
cinity of tl^e town, the propriety of building 
a meeting-house in town was discussed, more 
or less, for years, and that, too, with increas- 
ed interest, as the necessity for it became 
more apparent. And within the past year 
the three churches above named, consulted 
together and concluded to build a meeting- 
house in Hagerstown. And when the con- 
clusion was arrived at, it was easily accom- 
plished, for the Brethren comprising the 
churches named, are abundantly able to ac- 
complish such work. 

It was expected that the house would be 
ready to open for the worship of the Lord in 
the fall, but it was not. The 20th of De- 
cember was the tinje finally fixed upon for 
the dedication of the house. By request we 
were present. The occasion was a very en- 
joyable one, though the weather was very 
much against the meeting. It commenced 
raining on Saturday night and continued to 
rain, more or less, all day on Sunday, and 
the rain froze as it fell, aud the streets were 
so icy that it was not only unpleasant, but 
dangerous, to walk on the pavements. . But, 
notwithstanding the weather was unfavorable 
for the meeting, the congregation on Sabbath 
was very fair in number, and apparently ap- 
preciative of the occasion. After the dedica- 
tory services on Sunday morning, we contin- 
ued with the Brethren, and preached every 
night, cloning our labors on Tneeday night. 
Considering the state of the roads aud weath- 
er, the congregatitins were as large as could 
be expected. The interest was good, and 
it seemed to iucrease as the ra'^Htiugs con- 
tinued. The meml>f»r8 living in to\ru re- 
joiced in the completion of their house of 
worship, aud in the privilege it afforded them 



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THE aOSPEL MESSENOEK. 



of worshiping in their own house bo conve- 
nient to them, and of sitting "every man un- 
der his vine and under his fig-tree." 

The brethren have in their number of 
members in Hagerstown, several very active 
workers, and we do not know that they have 
any that are idle. A couple of the sisters 
started the subscription for obtaining funds 
to build the house, and they succeeded re- 
markably well. Brother Hiram Wolf is a 
minister, and he lives in town, and is very 
zealous in the cause of the divine Master. 
We think the little band of believers in Ha- 
gerstown has cause to thank God and take 
encouragement, for the prospect of success- 
ful labor seemed to be good. We enjoyed 
our visit with the Brethren, as we had a very 
enjoyable season together. We often thought 
that the Brethren should have a meeting- 
house in Hagerstown, as there were a good 
many members living around the town, and 
some in it. And in such a community as Ha- 
gerstown, where there are Brethren living, 
there will be more or less of their children, 
and also others who sympathize in some de- 
gree with the Brethren in their doctrine and 
practice, and such should be looked after, 
as they often «con6titute promising material 
to build into the temple of the Lord. We 
hail with pleasure every sign that indicates 
au awakening of oar Brethren to an in- 
creased effort to bring to Christ, those for 
whom he died. Our state has been, and it 
still is, one of too much ease and inactivity, 
and the apostolic admonition, "Be not sloth- 
ful, but followers of them, who through faith 
and patience inherit the promises," should 
stir us up to increased effort in the great 
work to which the church of Christ is call- 
ed, namely, to that of saving the world. 

We were present on Lord's day afternoon 
at the Brethren's Sunday-school in Hagers- 
town. The have a very good ISab bath- school, 
and Bible class. We gave the school a little 
talk by way of encouragement and sympathy, 
and it seemed to be kindly taken. It is a 
pleasant sight to see children gathered to- 
gether to receive Christian instruction. And 
the work of teaching such should be a pleas- 
ant work, for it surely may be a profitable 
work. 

We spent a part of a day at the Orphan's 
Home in Hagerstown, started by Bro. David 
Etnmert who started our Orphan's Home at 
Huntingdon. They are doing well, growing 
in the favor of the people and in influence. 
Bro. Emtnert and his helpers in Hagerstown 
have been very fortunate in obtaining such a 
commodious and well-arranged building as a 
place for their home. It is very convenient, 
indeed. And the little children were clean, 
mannerly, and happy. There is a school in 
the building to educate the children of the 
Home. And some children outside of the 
Home attend, and the teacher is employed by 
the directors of the public schools in Hagers- 
town. 



Bro. Emmert and those engaged with him, 
are doing a good work, and they should have 
the prayers, the sympathy, and the financial 
help of all the good that possess the means 
to help them. 

We saj' again that our visit to Hagerstown 
was a pleasant one, and we remember the oc- 
casion with plea.«ure. And our prayer is that 
God may. bless the Brethren in and about 
Hagerstown, and make them a blessing. 

J. Q. 



NOTES. 



— Since our return to the East, we have 
enjoyed the associations of brothers and our 
aged father, at the old homestead. Fathei 
has reached the advanced age of seventy-six, 
and is still well and happy. We are apt tu 
look upon old age as a dark and gloomy peri- 
od of life, but it need not be so. The aged 
Christian is only nearing the realm of light, 
and joy, and peace. 

— Some of our agents report hard times, 
and, consequently, some of our brethren do 
not take the Messenger. It is true, times 
are not so flush just now, but if economy is 
necessary, we should begin to economize at 
the right place. Some persons seem to, think 
that the church paper is the place to com- 
mence. We once heard a brother say he 
could hardly afford to take the paper, yet on 
his dinner table were two kinds of meat and 
a variety of other dishes, three kinds of pie, 
three kinds of cake, and an abundance of 
preserves, jellies, desert, etc. We thought a 
a little less for the stomach and a little more 
for the soul would be better economy. Breth- 
ren, think of this! The object of the church 
paper is to encourage and help you on your 
Christian pilgrimage. Do you not need this 
help? Can you afford to do without it? 

—We have just received the Eclectic Sun- 
day-school Commentary, by J. W. Monser, of 
the Christian Church. In the first lesson the 
practice peculiar to this church, of taking 
the communion every Sabbath, is made 
prominent. If it could be proven that the 
breaking of bicnd, referred to in the lesson, 
has reference to the communion, the practice 
would then be apostolic, but we are not so 
sure that this can be done. There are, at 
least, some circumstances connected with 
this breaking of bread that do not seem to 
convey the idea that it was the communion. 
In the eleventh verse of this chapter (Acts 
20), we learn that, after Paul had restored 
Eutychus, he broke bread and ate. Was 
it the communion? If so, he partook of it 
himself, as this is spoken of Paul only. It 
seems hardly probable that he would, at this 
time in the night, take the communion alone. 
It is most likely that he ate for the refresh- 
ment of the body. In thp second chapter of 
Acts, this breaking of bread is also referred 
to. It is there said that the apostles broke 
bread from house to house. Does it mean 



the communion? The expression, "They did 
eat their meat with gladness ai\d singleness 
of heart," hardly Warrants such a conclusion. 
Meat, in the Bible, means any kind of food , 
that nourishes the body, and this use of the 
word proves that "breaking of bread," in thig 
instance, was only an ordinary meal. Other ev- 
idences on the same point might be adduced, 
but let this suffice for the present. On the 
whole, we are pleased with the Eclectic Com- 
mentary. It is much less objectionable to 
our people than many others published by 
other denominations. It is a book of over 
four hundred pages, and contains the lessons, 
with comments, for the entire year. The 
price is $1 00, and may be ordered from John ; 
Burns Publishing Co., St. Louis. -^ 

— Brother J. S. Mohler's article, "At Ease 
in Zion," in No. 1, is rich from beginning to 
^nd. We hope it may be the means of arous- 
ing many who are at ease in the church. As 
we enter on the New Year, let us all resolve 
to consecrate ouiselves more fully to Christ 
— to become more dead to the world, and 
more alive in Christ Jesus. 

— We had the pleasure of spending the 
Sunday after New Year's Day with the breth- 
ren of the James Creek congregation. In 
this church we were reared. Here, too, we 
gave our heart to God, and it always affords 
us pleasure to visit the place, and even the 
spot on the little stream where we covenant- 
ed with Christ in holy baptism. Brother 
Archy Van Dyke preached on Suuday morn- 
ing and evening. Elder J. W. Brumbaugh, 
of the Clover Creek congregation. Pa., was 
present, and continued the meetings during 
the week. 

— Two issues of the Messenger have al- 
ready gone on their mission, yet, it is not, 
perhaps, too late to extend our good wishes 
to our patrons. "Grace and peace be multi- 
plied to you all." J. B. B. 

COKBESPUNDENCE. 

As cold water to a thirsty soul, bo is good news from a far 
country. 

To the Chiircli Exten.siou and Mi8.siou 

CtHuiuittee of the ftretliren 

Church. 



Dear Brethren: — 
I herewith present a few statements and 
observations connected with my late mission 
to the brethren in Texas, undertaken by re- 
quest of your committee. I arrived in Cook 
Co. with the brethren of the William's Creek 
church, eighteen miles west of Gainesville. — • 
I found twenty-two members living near 
each other, with eight or ten others who live 
some distance away, whose membership 
would be included with the William's Creek 
members. During our stay of eleven days, 
three were added by baptism. A council 
meeting and love-feast were also held, and 
the cause, we trust, built up. Bro. Gephart, 
their only minister, has lost his wife. Be- 
cause his daughter, & young sister, who is 



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43 



and has been keeping house for him, con- 
templates leaving Texas, he will be without 
a housekeeper. This hao led him to conclude 
to leave also, and seek a home for himself 
and children living in the north, When he 
leaves, the church will be without a minister. 
While among them, a cjioice for two deacons 
was held, and James Pitzer and George Rog- 
ers, two worthy brethren, were chosen and 
instructed to have the members meet regu- 
larly for the service of singing, exhortation 
and prayer, and reading the Scriptures, with 
admonitions, to keep the cause alive until 
help may come to them. I found tlie mem- 
bers faithful to the principles of the gospel, 
and the prospect for the cause encourag- 
ing. If kindness, brotherly love, and liberal 
contributions will build up a cause, then it 
should succeed in the hands of the members 
of this church. Here is presented an exam- 
ple of devotion to the cause of the gospel. — 
Here are twenty-five members, nine of whom 
are unmarried and liviug with their parents 
yet. By the method they adopted to raise 
means to spread the gospel, it will result in 
securing about eighty dollars a year, and but 
a very few among them are in easy circum- 
stances. They willingly deny themselves of 
many conveniences of home, that the good 
cause may be promoted. Their liberality 
should, as I hope it will, lead many brethren 
and sisters to increased liberality in contrib- 
uting to the mission fund. There should be 
one or two brethren stationed in Texas for 
one year, by >our committee, who could give 
their time to preaching among the scattered 
members living in at least seven counties. — 
Or, what would be better still, if your com- 
mittee could secure faithful brethren to move 
there, and, if need be, pay the\r expen.ses of 
moving, it would save expense in the end. 

The climate is mild, and the chances to 
make a living, and something in addition, are 
fair. In the parts I visited, wheat, oats, corn, 
potatoes, cotton, sweet potatoes, melons, on- 
ions, ttc, are abundantly grown. As a corn 
country, it is not as well adapted as more 
northern latitudes. My inquiries, which em- 
braced a nrimber of persons, were generally 
answered, "Yes, 1 like T^xas." I am sure 
that the members in the state will do their 
full part toward having ministers come to 
them, and towards making them comfortable. 
I would certainly suggest that your commit- 
tee may very properly serve your trust by 
contributing towards the expense of moving 
ministers into Texas, with their families, to 
remain permanently, or for several years at 
least, and I believe the contributors to the 
mission fund will heartily endorse it, as it 
presents the solid, practical elements of mis- 
sion work. 

From Cook county, in company with Bro. 
Gephart, I went to Pnrker county, a distance 
af about one hundred miles, and there organ- 
ized a church of six members, they choosing 
Bro. Jas. S Buckley for their minister, and 
Bro. Alfred Moore as deacon. Here we found 
a favorable, growing sfntimeut for a pure gos- 
pel, and could we have remained louger, judg- 
ing from ^lersonal interviews with parties, ad- 
ditions to the church, we believe, would have 



resulted, but, owing to the limit of my ticket, 
I regretfully felt obliged to leave. The facts 
are, there are two organizations of the breth- 
ren in Texas, whose membership I consider 
to be made up of such brethren and sisters 
who will carefully guard the order and puri- 
ty of the church, and whose influence is hav- 
ing a favorable growth, that promises well, 
if your committee can continue to support 
them. If Bro. Gephart leaves, then only Bro. 
Buckley remains as a minister in the state, 
and he is only young in the ministry. This 
leaves the cause without the necessary sup- 
port, and I do most willingly and sincerely 
appeal to your committee, and to the entire 
Brotherhood in behalf of the Brethren, and 
of the cause in Texas, and hope you will ap- 
prove of the suggestion to help move minis- 
ters to the state, and find who may be secur- 
ed to go there, or else find a better way. Any 
one wishing to correspond with Brethren 
there, will address James S. Buckley, Weath- 
erford, Parker Co., or John Stump, Gaines- 
ville, Cook Co., Texas, with stamps enclosed. 

S. S. MOHLEE. 

Notice. — The Committee desires to have 
the names of faithful brethren who are will- 
ing to work in the mission field. ChUs are 
often made for help, and the Com;nittce are 
at a loss to know whom to send. If they had 
a list of names to select from, then they could 
send suitable brethren who live nearest the 
place whence the call coms. Brethren who 
are willing to work for the Master in this 
way, will please send names and addresses to 
the Secretary, Mt. Morris, 111. 



Fi'om South Bend, lud. 



Pursuant to the call, Bro. W. R. Deeter 
came to the South Bend church Dec. 11, and 
began a protracted meeting, which continued 
until Christmas. During his stay with us, 
the saints were made glad and strengthened 
in the faith; sinners made to "repent and be 
baptized for the remission of sin." Among 
these was one young brother of eleven sum- 
mers, (son of the writer). Bro. Deeter la- 
bored under very unfavorable circumstances. 
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weath- 
er, we had good preaching. We can say for 
the brother and speaker, that the churches do 
well to secure his services in such meetings, 

D. Whitmer. 



From Mt. Etna, Iowa. 



The Brethren, at this place, commenced a 
series of meetings Dec. 20. Bro. Stephen 
Yoder came among us at that time. On the 
25th, Bro. Barto, of Montgomery Co., made 
his appearance. The brethren labored earn- 
estly in the Master's cause. Five precious 
souls were brought to the fold, and many 
good and lasting impressions were made, and 
those who live to witness the events of the 
coming year, will see a considerable ingath- 
ering to the church, in this place. The pn j- 
udice which existed in this place towards the 
Brethren, seems greatly deminished, and the 
members are much encouraged to press for- 
ward to the great work that is before them. 



Ministering brethren, passing through this 
part of the country, are requested to stop a 
while with us. May the choicest of bless- 
ings rest on those brethren who labored so 
faithfully for the cause of Zion, while with 
us. J. M. FOLLIS. 



From Live Oak Chiircli, Texas. 



Bro. S. S. Mohler, of Missouri, and H. 
Gephart, of Texas, came to us Dec. 11, and 
preached seven sermons. On account of bad 
weather, the attendance was small. On the 
17th, we met in council and organized a 
church of six members. A. S. Moore was 
chosen deacon, and the writer was chosen to 
the ministry. John Wise, of Kansas, is our 
elder. We feel thankful to the brethren for 
visiting us so often, and laboring so faithful- 
ly to establish a church here for God and his 
people. We invite all brethren to immigrate 
here, who are willing to work for the cause 
of Christ. We need some good minister to 
locate with us, in order .that the cause may 
prosper more rapidly. All brethren desiring 
information, address the writer. 

J. S. Buckley. 



Froiu the Bauyo Church, Ind. 



We are still trying to work in the Lord's 
vineyard. On Dec. G, we met in church 
council, and transacted all business in a sat- 
isfactory manner. We unanimously decic'ed 
to have a series of meetings, and so we sent 
for Eld. John H. Miller, of Milford, Ind., to 
do the preaching. We commenced the meet- 
ings on the 2l6t, and continued until the 
2Gth. We had good meetings, considering 
the severe cold weather. Saints have been 
built up, and sinners were made to count the 
cost. If none have been willing to join the 
church at present, we hope we shall see the 
fruits hereafter. We must say that we do 
not feel discouraged, for our little band is 
still increasing. Eleven have been added to 
our number within the last ten months. Bro. 
John is well equipped in teaching the gospel. 
Come again. H. M. Schwahn. 



My Trip to the Mt. Zion Church. 



According to previous arrangements, com- 
menced a series of meetings iu the Mt. Zion 
church, Tuscarawas Co., O., on the evening 
of the 22' 1, and continued until the evening 
of the 29th of December. The meetings were 
well attended, and closed with a good inter- 
est. Seven were added to the church by bap- 
tism. There are about thirty-five members 
in the Mt. Zion district, presided over by el- 
ders George Muller, Peter Muller and Ed- 
ward Loomis. Bro. Loomis is an efficient 
worker in the cause of his blessed Master. 
During the meeting I had my home princi- 
pally with Bro. George Muller's, where 1 was 
well cared for. It is indeed a home for the 
brethren. May the Lord bless them all, and 
every effort that is put forth for the upbuild- 
ing of the church; and those that have lately 
euliHt»'d under the blood stained banner of 
Iviug Emmanuel, stand firm, bear the cross, 
and finally wear the crown. 

Silas Hoover. 



44 



THE aOSPEL MESSElSraEK. 



Mouey lieceivetl at this Office for Danish 
Misisiuii* 



Anna Oakes, SI 00 

8. O. Larkins^ III 1 00 

A. Paterbaugh, Kan 25 

J. MoDgold, W. Va 50 

Israel Shiik, W. Va 13 

Joseph Gmbill, Kan 1 50 

A sister, Ind 25 

Kezia Tyson, Pa 1 00 

A. A. O wnly, Iowa 40 

G. W. Teeter, la 40 

Lizzie A. Hope, Dak \ . 25 

F. W. Miller, Ind 40 

Caroline De Haven, Kan 50 

Paid. Jan. 13, 1885, to D. L. Miller, 

Treas $7 58 



Treasurer's Keport. 



Treasurer's report of the receipts and ex- 
penditures since De<^ 1, date of last report. 
The Committee decided, at their last quar- 
terly meeting, that reports should be made 
immediately after the regular meetings of 
the Committee. This will explain the rea- 
son for giving this report. 

Woodbury church. Pa. . . ! S 82 75 

Eock Eiver ch'h, Lee Co., Ill 67 71 

Wolf Creek ch'h, Montgomery Co., O. 37 32 

Yellow Creek ch'h, Bedford Co., Pa. 25 50 

Smth. Waterloo ch'h, Waterloo, la. . 18 00 

Pine Creek ch'h, Ogle Co., Ill 16 08 

Blue Eiver ch'b, Whitley Co., Ind. . . 12 15 

Mohican ch'h, O 11 79 

Ephrata ch'h, Lancaster Co., Pa 10 25 

Pleaflaut Valley ch'h, Ind 9 00 

Interest on loan to Jan. 1, '85 16 66 

Millmine ch'h, 111 7 45 

Macoupin Creek ch'h. 111 7 20 

J. H. Wright, North Manchester, Ind. 7 50 

Union Centre ch'h, Elkhart Co., Ind. 7 00 

Mexico ch'h, Ind 7 00 

Elkhart Valley ch'h, Ind . . •. 6 03 

Nettle Creek ch'h, Ind 5 75 

Pigeon Eiver ch'h, Ind 4 76 

Jacob Minnich, Toney, Ind 4 00 

Fairview ch'h, Appanoose Co., la. . . . 4 00 

A Brother in Arizona 4 00 

Marcus ch'h, Cherokee Co., la 3 59 

Green Tree ch'h, Montgomery Co., 

Pa: 3 00 

Loraine ch'h, 111 2 45 

Sister Wilson, la 2 00 

C. Spanogle, Fairplay, Md 2 00 

Lower Miami ch'b, Dayton, 1 75 

8 A. Wilson, Mt Caruiel, O .1 40 

8. A. Overholtzer, Bantas, Cal 1 30 

Siraut^l Pf^ara, Bonhomme Co., Dak. 1 40 

D. A. Miller, Ire^oti, la 1 00 

Si-»terrt in White Oak ch'h, 1 00 

Jadson Beckwitli, Huchanan, Mich .. 1 00 

James Koontz, VVomelsJurf, Pa 40 

Total -...$394: 19 

DANISH AND SWEDISH MISSION. 

Silver Creek ch'h, Ogle Co., Vl $76 2S 

Brethren's Sanday-school, Mr. Mor- 
ris, III 14 39 

Oakley ch'h, 111 30 Ou 



Loudansville ch'h, 17 80 

E )ot Eiver ch'h, Minn 10 00 

C. Spanogle, Fairplay, Md 8 00 

Mexico ch'h, Ind 7 00 

P. S. Garman'e family, Warrensburg, 

Mo 6 25 

Odawkee ch'h, Kaa 5 50 

Union ch'h, Marshall Co., Ind 5 00 

Eobert Walker, Denver, Ind 5 00 

Indian Creek ch'h, la 4 00 

Cold Water ch'h, la 4 00 

A Brother in Arizona 4 00 

Little St. Joe ch'h, DeKalb Co , Ind. 3 75 
Pleasant View ch'h, Washington Co., 

Tenn 3 00 

Lydia Miller, Jones' Mills, Pa 3 00 

J. E. Cullen, Dillsburg, 111 3 40 

Interest on Loan 2 30 

D. D. Homer, Dillsburg, 111. ...... . 2 00 

Samuel Beeghiy, State Centre, la.. . 2 20 
Jonas Fike, for members at Eglon, 

W. Va 2 00 

D. H. Shultz, Lewistown, Mo 1 40 

Pleasant Valley ch'h, Ind .... 1 00 

Sarah Brandt, la 1 00 

A Sister, Eay Co., Mo 1 00 

Emma Newlaud, Garnett, Kan 1 00 

Francis Arnett, Indianapolis, Ind. . . 90 

Elizabeth High, Vincent, Pa 50 

Nancy F. Price, Berrien, Mich 50 

Susan Cochram, South Bend, Kan. . 30 

Uriah Edgecomb, Lintner, 111 30 

Total 1226 77 

EXPENDITURES SINCE LAST REPORT. 

Postage on Tracts $ 28 

Bro. Hope for Support of Danish and 

Swedish Missions 650 00 

For Traveling Expenses of Ministers 

in North Denmark 75 00 

For building a small house to be us- 
ed for changing clothing after 
baptism, in Copenhagen, Den- 
mark 61 55 

Traveling Expenses of Committee to 

attend Meeting 13 49 

Daniel Vaniman, expenses in Mission 

Work, in Jefferson Co., Ill 15 42 

S. S. Mohler, balance of expenses for 

Missionary Work in Texas 25 00 

J. W. Wilt, Mission Work at Glen 

Hope, Pa 30 00 

W. B. Sell, Mission Work in North 

Mo 30 00 

Tracts 6 00 

Books for Bro. Hope 6 00 

J. M. Suyder, Brucderhoto to Ger- 
many •.....:. 10 80 

Total S923 54 

The Committee also placed $300 to the 
Danish Building Fund, with the hope that, 
at the next quarterly meeting, the amount of 
(uoney received would justify them in ap- 
propriating a sufficient amount to build a 
plain meeting- house for the members in Thy- 
land, North Denmark. 

It will be borne in mmd, that Bro. Hope 
»iae now two missions to sustain, the Ditnish 
ind Swedish; hence, his expenses are some- 
.vhat increased. The Committee have hIko 
thought best, as far as possible, to send him 



his support in advance, as he only asks for a 
support for his family, refusing to take any 
pay for hie work. D. L. Miller, 

Treasurer. 



Hyltou, Va., Items. 



—On the 25th ult.,* Bro. E W. Hylton, of 
Hylton, Va., took unto himself a help-mate in 
the person of sister Mary E. Phillipti, of Ten- 
nessee. Eld. H. P. Hylton officiated. May 
theirs be a happy union. 

— In order that your readers naay have 
some idea of the work that is going on here, 
on top of the Blue Eidge, in Floyd Co., 
among the Brethren, I submit the following 
report of members received by baptism with- 
in ten days: Dec. 24, three; Dec. 25, four; 
Dec. 28, eleven; Dec. 29, twenty; Dec. 30, 
four; Jan. 2, twenty; Jan. 3, twelve; Jan. 4, 
thirty-one. Total, 105; and still there are 
about twenty more applicants that will be 
baptized in the near future. 

— "We often hear people say, if you have 
faith in the Lord Jefcus Christ, that is suffici- 
cient to be saved, I believe it is a true say- 
ing. But if you say you have faith, and 
neglect the commands' of the New Testa- 
ment, you have no faith, your faith is dead. 
Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, and a host of 
others proved their faith by taking God at 
his word. That is the right faith. 

C. D. Hylton. 



N"otes from Arkansas.— Continued. 



My last report was from Fayetteville, and 
it was so abridged as to render it almost 
worthless, as a report of our work in that 
country. My explanations are omitted; and 
the report without the explanations was 
worthless. All I wish, is, to give as much 
satisfaction to those who ask for a report, as 
I can. From Fayetteville we went to Mc 
Guire's Store, near where Bro. Marshall En- 
nis then lived. At this place we held five 
meetings; with small congregations, but good 
attention given to our efforts. We next re- 
paired to the Brethren's new meeting- 
house, where we labored, as best we could, 
for about ten days,, and all the visible signs 
of any benefit were, that it seemed to be a 
comfort to the members. We hope a bright- 
er sun will shine there soon. There are some 
thirty members at that place, who are trying 
to work for the cause of Christ. They have 
pretty strong opposition to meet. 

From this point we went to the Eureka 
Springs, in Carroll county, where we found 
eleven members. We met with them in wor- 
ship four times; had small congregations. — 
Everybody (with a few exceptions) was in a 
state of excitement over the Christmas trees, 
in the several churches. And we were very 
soon convinced that there was . no room for 
Christ in the midst of all this confusion and 
merry-making. So we turned our steps 
toward the depot, bound for home, and we 
traveled together until we cnme to Carthnge, 
Mo. At thit' place 1 hnd to stopt.ff <>ur train, 
to board another for ht»me. Bio. Barnhart 
vNf-Lit t)n hiH way rejoicing toward home. I 
arrived home next morning, Dec. 28, '84. 



THE aOSPEL MESSEl^^OER. 



45 



Now a few words in regard to doing cois- 
eion work in Arkansas. My honest convic- 
tions are, that it is almost useless to go there' 
on a mission of that kind in the winter season. 
The houses for worship are not sufficiently 
comfortable for a man to preach in. A great 
many people think Arkansas is a warm coun- 
try, but if you try it once, you will soon find 
yourself like Peter, drawing up to the "fire 
of coals" to warm yourself. Bat we did the 
best we could, and we trust the efi'ort put 
forth may hot be in vain. We found a good 
many people who seem to want to know the 
truth, but a little less tobacco mixed with 
their offerings would be more acceptable to 
me, and, I believe, to the Lard, toD. Let all 
things be done decently and in order. 

A. Hutchison. 

I We regret very much that Bro. Hutchi- 
son's report was abridged at all. It was not 
done with ourknowledge, as the copy was 
sent to the composing room as Bro. H. had 
arranged it. We shall see to it that the com- 
positors are more careful with copy intrusted 
to them.— Ed.] 



Soutlierii California Items. 



— Fr05[ present indications, it now seems 
that the Brethren's settlement will be here 
on the Tuhunga Kiver, eighteen miles north 
of Los Angeles, five miles east of San Fer- 
nando, and two and one-half miles oast of 
the Southern Pacific R. R. The valley is 
hemmed in by the Sierra Madra mountain 
range on the north and east, and a low range 
of hills on the south. South-west and west, 
a very extensive, fine valley lays stretching 
out for twenty or more miles to the Coast 
range. Just beyond lies tbe deep, blue ocean, 
from whence come the soft sea breezes dai- 
ly, reaching here about ten o'clock One 
month ago we came h ere full of " faith in the 
locution, as to its superior climate, soil, and 
freedom from fogs and objectionable winds. 
The longer we are here, and the further we 
investigate, the more confirmed are we in our 
convictions that it has superior claims over 
miny other localities in this far-famed south- 
ern country. While it is true, th6 settlement 
of this valley has just commenced, and the 
lands, on which water has been placed, are 
limited to a few hundred acres, there is room 
to branch out and make quite an extensive 
settlement in the near future. 

— On last evening, Bro. C. Wine (a minis- 
ter), Bro. Hadbell (brother of B. A.), and 
Bro. Jacob Shelley, late of Illinois, moved 
here. Bro. Shelley's family is expected he^e 
in a few days. Last week brother and sister 
Finch, late of Stanislaus county, were here 
and made purchase of two ten-acre lots. — 
There are two families of them that will 
move in. Bro. P. S. Myers has selected h 
twenty- acre lot here. He is expected to be 
up from Los Angeles in a few days, to set on 
foot the erection of a hotel as soon as possi- 
ble. A new school-house, post-office and 
store are among the possible' events at no 
late date. 

— There are twenty-eight members in the 
county who expect to reside in this southern 



country. There are others expected to move 
in soon. Among the number are three min- 
isters. 

— There has been more rain during Decem- 
ber than usual, although the ground is hard 
ly wet enough yet to plow well.. Grass and 
grain are growing rapidly. The very richest 
green pasture is abundant, much of it over 
six inches in height. 

— The products raised here, with perfect 
success, are wheat, barley, corn, Irish and 
sweet potatoes, and the various vegetables. 
Gardening is in order every month in the 
year. The various kinds of small fruits do 
well here, also the large fruits, such as the 
orange, lemon, fig, olive, apple, pear, peach, 
apricot, grapes, etc. It is especially favora 
ble for the raisin grape, owing to the absence 
of fogs. 

— To one from the "frozen north" it is a 
strange sight to see the summer garb on nat- 
ure, here in December, the flowers in bloom, 
the golden butterfly flit from flower to flow- 
er, and hear the hum of the busy bee, and at 
evening sit in solitude, drinking in the grand 
scene of the evening's setting sun, and think 
of by- gone days, friends long since passed 
away, — of the many ups and downs of life, — 
the seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow, — 
the love of dear ones that proved to be friends 
in deed and in need, — the envy and perfidity 
of humanity, — of the green oases one comes 
to, once in a while, in traveling through this 
world of hollow mockery, so varied in itb 
phases that one hardly knows where the false 
ends and the good begins. But, thank God, 
there is a land where the beginning and con- 
tinuation is full of justice and truth, and we 
are glad the Lord is our judge, and not man 
Wishing you all a pleasant season and a 
" Happy New Year," we will try and 
praise our Maker in accents, with the sweet 
melody of summer birds. J. S. Floky. 



In Menioriani, 



. Sister Elizabeth Miller was born Aug. 1, 
1797; died Dec. 30, 1884, aged eighty-seven 
years and five mouths. The subject of our 
sketch is worthy of some remarks. She emi- 
grated from Virginia, when but a young girl, 
with her father, Ezekiel Marsh, and settieil 
down in life in Stark Co., O., when that coun- 
try was as yet a wilderness. On Jan 19,' 1817, 
Hhe was joined in marri'ige to Jacob Miller, 
(sou of Eld. Michael Miller), with whom she 
lived until Jan. 1, 1850, when Jacob Miller 
died, at the age of sixty ye^rs. Eleven chil- 
dren wore born to them, eight sons and three 
daughters, all of whom lived to maturity. — 
Two have since died, one son and one daugh- 
ter. In 1852 she and her husbsiud m jvod to 
Hardin Co., O., and about three years ago, 
she took up her abode with her son, Amos 
Millor, at Bellefontaiue, O., who kindly cared 
for her until she breathed her last. She unit- 
ed with the Grsrman B-tptist BrethrtMi at an 
early age, and lived a cjustaut member for 
some seventy-four years, being an example 
to the flock both by precept and example. — 
By her death the church lAs lost a sincere 
member, the community a good neighbor, 
and her family a kind and affectionate moth- 



er. So well had she raised her children, that 
not one of them will use that filthy weed, to- 
bacco; not one of them will smoke; not one 
of them will use liquor. All of them are 
honorable members of some of the different 
churches. Her descendants are eleven chil- 
dren, fifty-two grandchildren, and thirty- 
eight great grandchildren, making her pos- 
terity one hundred and two, of whom twenty- 
eight are dead. She suffered considerably 
for the last few years, and particularly in the 
last eighteen months, but she bore it all in a 
kind Christian spirit, without one murmer. 
Her funeral took place on Jan. 1. The oc- 
casion was improved by Bro. Abednego Mil- 
ler and Rev. D. F. Helms, a grandson of the 
deceased. Text used, 2 Cor. 5: 1. Many 
friends and relatives were in attendance at 
the funeral. E. Miller. 

Prom LiCwistown, Pa. 



From the 22d of November to the 20th of 
December, I spent in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 
laboring for and with the Brethren in order 
to the salvation of souls. During the meet- 
ings at Ephrata and at East Petersburg, Pa., 
seventeen souls were made willing to walk in 
newness of life. John M. Mohler. 



From McJiiiikin, lowft. 



We are in the midst of a glorious meeting. 
On Sunday, Jan. 11, at our regular meeting, 
there was a request made for us to have some 
meetings in our neighborhood, at private 
houses. To-night three came out on the 
Lord's side. Praise the Lord forever for his 
mercies in turning sinners to him. If the 
good Lord will, we expect to continue the 
meetings through the week. Pray for us, 
brethren, that many more may be turned to 
God. Abkau.vm Wolf. 



From Hunt.sdale, Pa. 



Bro. Thomas M. Givler, a miller by trade, 
is thrown out of employment, through a sud- 
den change in the mill property, in which he 
was employed, and he being poor, would 
much like to get a position again. His fam- 
ily consists of two daughters and himaplf, hia 
wife being dead. He has the name of being 
an excellent miller. Now, if any of the read- 
era of this know anything whereby the broth- 
er can be accommodated, please inform him. 
His address is Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Va. 
Daniel Keller, Sb. 



Prom Greeup, Iowa. 



Oi'R quarterly council-meeting was held on 
Saturday for the first quarter of this year. 
Had a good attendance of our merab-TS. and 
ail the business that came before the meeting 
was satisfactorily transacted. L ive and peace 
seems to be existing among u». 'fook up a 
collection for the Danish mission and meet- 
ing-hou-^e fund, which I will forward to tbe 
Treasurer. The first number of the G. M. 
for 1885 came to hand. Was much gratified 
with its contents. May God bless the editors 
and the readers of our church paper. 

J. F. Eikenderby. 



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THE aOSPEL IMESSIilNGER. 



Fjom W. U. Koose. 



I HAVE been wondering, for some time, 
where my subscription to the G. M., for the 
coming year, would come from, though these 
thoughts were directly met with the injunc- 
tion, "Let not your heart be troubled." Last 
year I had the same bridge to ci'oss, but God, 
through your kindness, helped me out all 
right. I have learned one lesson from expe 
rience, that when we carry our cares to the 
Lord, we are delivered from the burden. — 
God often seems slow in sinswering our peti- 
tions, but in his own good time he will hear 
us and answer. We must learn to prosecute 
our claims, trust with unwavering confidence, 
that God is just, merciful and willing to 
grant unto us good gifts. I have learned to 
love the G. M., and feel for those who are 
undergoing so much mental exertion, exer- 
cising so much care and watchfulness, in or- 
der to give us a good paper. There is not a 
single doubt that there were many errors 
made, views promulgated that we could not j 
entertain. But what of that? It may be we 
have advanced thoughts that were not just 
as readily received as we wish they had been. 
Does that spirit embody a single heaven- 
born principle that would have ail silenced 
that differ from us, and have all accept our 
theories without a voice in the matter? 

Were it not for the differences of opinions 
in the world, we would not have the bless- 
ings of the G. M. in our homes. Garfield 
won his greatest intellectual achievements by 
meeting those who differed from him. No, 
brethren, your views are as dear to you as 
mine are to me, and I sincerely hope that 
you maj tvercoTfrtbem vithamantleof char- 
ity. Should I have occasion to deal with 



too long, "but come and work while it is day, 
knowing the night of death will come when 
no man can work." We hope it is as ''bread 
cast upon the waters, to be gathered not 
many days hence." We think the meetings 
closed too soon. Many were the tears shed 
when that word farewell was spoken, and we 
parted, perhaps, never to meet again in this 
world. May we so live that we may meet 
where partings never come. May the Lord 
be with them and crown their labors with 
success, is my prayer. Mattie A. Landis. 



From Parker.sburtr, III. 



backs on the familiar scenes and surround- 
them, then may it be done in lovp, and withfi"g« "^ ^^^^ l'^"^ (*« ^« S^'o^^^ dear), and set 



a modest desire to do good. Editors are 
mortal as well as readers. The reader has 
the editor, himself and his God to deal with, 
while the editor has himself, from five to ten 
thousand people and his God to deal with. — 
Surely tbe editor deserves our sympathy and 
help when he has so many inconveniences to 
encounter. It is certainly uncharitable for 
ua to commit a greater sin than the one we 
reprove, by not considering tbe motives or 
influences that led to its committal. 

Mfiy God ever be near to you in all your 
legitimate efforts to promote peace, convict 
of sin, evangelize the world, build up Zion, 
and confirm the weak, is my prayer. 



From Loraniie Church, O. 



Our church is in love and union. We have 
had a refreshing series of meetings. Breth- 
ren Hftury and Joseph Longauecker, of 
Darke Co., O., preached for us. They came 
Dec. 22 and staid till the 28th. They are ac- 
tive workers in the good cause, not shunning 
to declare, the whole gospel of Christ. There 
were no additions to the church; yet saints 
were made to rejoice and were encouraged to 
start anew for heaven and immortal gloQ?, 
and sinners to weep over their sins. We feel 
that some were counting the cost, and almost 
ready to give us their hand and the Savior 
their heart We hope they may not count 



Our love-feast, of Nov. 8, was a very en- 
joyable and interesting one. Many attentive 
spectators were present. We have a good, 
new meeting-house, 35x50, which was dedi- 
cated the 18th of last May. Bro. Geo. Cripe 
was with us then and preached the dedicato- 
ly sermon. There are about fifty earnest and 
working members in this congregation. Bro. 
Michael Forney is our elder, and zealous in 
the Master's cause. We, as a church, are do- 
ing all we can, and crave an interest in the 
prayers of all the faithful. G. W. Eavey. 



From A. M. OshHrn, 



Having in view the two-fold object, /. e., of 
makin'g known our whereabouts, to numerous 
acquaintances among the brethren, also of 
contributing something that might, possibly, 
be of interest to your readers, I conclude to 
address both you and them through the col- 
umns of your most worthy paper. 

In March last, after a residence of eigh- 
teen years in Logan Co., 111., we turned our 



our faces westward, our destination being 
Augusta, Butler Co., Kan. Butler county is 
in the southern central part of the state, but 
one county intervening it and the state line 
on the south. Augusta is a thriving little 
city of about two thousand inhabitants, nice- 
ly situated; in fact, being eomewhat envied 
by other towns on account of its sightly loca- 
tion, — facing the Walnut on the south and 
overlooking the fertile valley of the White 
Water river on the west and north. Has the 
advantage of two railroads, with good pros- 
pects for a third. The Atchison, Topeka & 
Santa Fe line affords facilities for the ship- 
ment of stock and produce east and north, 
allowing us the advantage of the Kansas City 
markets. The St. Louis and San Francisco 
line touching at this place, connects St. Louis 
with Denver, Col. and the fur West. For 
variety and excellence of farming and graz- 
ing lands, Butler county ranks second to none 
in the state. 

The brethren, in this county, number about 
forty or fifty. Have no meeting-house, and, 
notwithstanding the fact that they are badly 
scattered, they are organized, and under the 
supbrvision of Bro. John Wise, of Sumner 
county. Although we could not wish for a 
better leader than Bra W., it can readily be 
seen that he i.s s* far off, we are only privi- 
leged to enjoy his presence occasionally, and 
the need of ministering brethren, in our 



midst, is greatly felt, there being no other of 
much experience or ability in this section of 
the country. I think this a splendid field 
for labor, and much might be done to build 
up the cause in this beautiful country, if we 
had but a few good, active ministers to lead 
in the progress. To one and all we extend a 
cordial invitation. 



From S. S. Gray, Waldo, Fla. 



Wife and I started, on Nov. 5, for Florida, 
and arrived at Jacksonville the 6th. On Mon- 
day we went to Bro. Teeter's, and remained 
there one week; then started on our mission. 
I walked about eleven miles and stopped at 
Melrose. Remained there four days and 
preached once. The next Monday! boarded 
the steamer for Waldo. I looked around to 
see what could be done in the way of mission 
vi-ork, but there did not seem to be any 
chance. A man, by the name of Baker, came 
and asked me what kind of a place I wanted 
to buy, but I told him I did not wish to buy 
at present. He wanted me to go and see his 
property. I- inquired about the surround- 
ings, and found it to be a good place or open- 
ing for a church. There is a school-house 
convenient in which to hold meetings. As 
boarding and traveling are both expensive, 
and to remain a week in a place in order to 
preach one sermon, will cost about six dol- 
lars, I came to the conclusion that the best 
way was to locate and have regular appoint- 
ments. I have preached twice, and made ar- 
rangements to have a Sunday-school started 
next Sunday. The people seem to like our 
doctrine, so I have located about three miles 
from Waldo and twenty miles from Keuka. 

We are enjoying good health since we 
have been in the state I like it very much, 
the climate is so congenial, and everything a 
man could wish. We are in Alachua county. 
It is bounded on the north by Columbia, 
Suwanee and Bradford counties; on the east 
by Clay and Putnam counties; on the south 
by Levy and Marion counties; on the west 
by Lafayette county. The county contains 
about 1300 square miles and is diversified 
by almost every class of land incident to 
the state. The land is rolling, and covered 
with pine, oak, hickory, etc., it .also has nu- 
merous lakes and streams. Waldo and sur- 
roundings d,re said to be elevated above the 
level of the sea, 250 feet. Lake Santa Fe is 
the highest body of water, and is used for 
steam navigation, being on the summit of 
the watershed between the Atlantic and the 
Gulf of Mexico. Waldo is said to be the sec- 
ond best town in the county, with canal. The 
surface of the land is broken and hilly, and 
in the northern part of but gradual elevation. 
There is sandstone, limestone, lliut and phos- 
phate. The largest orange tree in the state 
is said to be at Waldo. Alachua county has 
ten towns, with excellent hotels, and a large 
number of visitors. People from almost ev- 
ery state in the ITnion are located here. — 
Last year this county shipped over 40,000 
pecks of oranges, 300,000 crates of vegetables 
and 840,000 worth of Sea Island cotton. — 
Waldo is located near the geographical ceu- 



THE aOST'EL MESSEISraEI?. 



•47 



ter of Florida, in the center of the great 
orange belt, and almost sixty- five miles 
from Jihe Atlantic Ocean, and sixty miles from 
the Gulf; therefore, being constantly fa- 
vored with a sea breeze, and from its eleva- 
tion among the pines, good water and pleas- 
ant climate, being semi-tropical, renders it 
very healthy. Population in and near the 
city is about 1,200 inhabitants. The county 
is fifty miles from Jacksonville city, and ten 
miles south of St. Augustine. 



From Tlioniapple, ftiicli. 



We just closed a ten days' meeting in the 
South Campbell church, Ionia county, Mich. 
Brother Michael Shotts did most of the 
preaching. He held forth the Word with 
power. Although there were no additions to 
the church, we hope some of the good seed 
sown may have fallen upon good ground and 
may bring forth good fruit in the future. — r 
From here Bro. S. went to the West Camp- 
bell church to hold some meetings. May the 
good Lord add his blessings to all the Israel 
of God. J. G. WiNEY. 

MATRIMONIAL. 

BIRMAN— HAN.— By the undersigned. Jan. 1, 1885, 
. at the residence of the bride's grandparents, Bro. 
Lewis Birman and Miss Mary Esther Han, all of . onia 
Co., Mich. J. G. WiNEY. 

NEGLEY-WILT. — By the undersigned, at his resi- 
dence, Dec 28, Mr. Martin L. Negley and sister Har- 
riet M. Wilt, of Perry Co., I'a. I'tTKR Lo;tg. 

HEAGLEY -- HORNING. — At the residence of the 
bride's parents, by J Y. Heckler, Mr. George Heag- 
ley and Miss Sarah Rebecca Horning, all of White- 
side Co , M. 

EICHELBKRGER-SOLLENBEIIGER.-By the under- 
signed. Jan. 1, at the residence of the bride's parents, 
Mr. Abraham Eichelberger and sister Kate Sullen- 
bergei S. E Yundt. 

YEIGLER-DEOK— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Nov. 2:^, h\ the undersigned, Bro. Henry 
Yeigler and s ster Addie Deck, all of Fulton Co , 0. 

BD TTLER-STUTZMAN.— At the residence of the un- 
dersigned, Dec. 21, John L. Battler and Rhoda Ella 
Stut/auin, all of Fulton Co., 0. 

Danto Bbrkeyhile. 

LEREW-SrREMMEL.— Dec 2.5, by Rev. Conrad Filz. 
Amos K Lview, of Astoria, 111., and Miss L:z/.ie B. 
Stremmel, of Gettysburg, Pa. 

FUNK— ALUMN.— By the undersigned. Dec. 2"), Mr 
John Funk and Miss Penina Aiabella Aluinn, allot 
Poweshiek Co., lovui. G. W. Hopwood. 

FORNEY— SH.VFFER.— At the residence of the bride's 
paenta, Dec. 25. Iiy Win. K. Moore, brother David 
H. Forney, of Davenport, Neb , and sister Leah Shaf- 
fer, of Waddiim'^ Grove, III. 

ADAMS— NICKEY —By the undersigned, Dec. 28. 
Bro. William E Adams and sister Ma'ia K. N ckey, 
both of Cuiubetlind Co , P.i. Adam Beklmvn 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 



"BlpBsed lire tlio <1ond which dio in tho Lord." 

GAUhY.-In Wasliington C >.. Kan., Dec. ;30, sister 
Rebicca Gauby, aged 03 years, 4 month* and lo days 

J M Gaudv. 

HOLLINGKR —In the Altoina cViuich, Dec 1.3. of in- 
flammation of the lungs, Willie Levi, son of Abi am 
and Katie Hollinger, aged 1 y«ir, 2 months and 5 
daya. A. Uollincuk. 



NKDRO * — th • Indian Criek congregation. Pa., 
Dec IS, Henry Nedrow, aged :!9 yca-s, h months and 
1 day. D. D Hounek. 

HUFFORD.— At CerroGord^. III., Dec. 16, of (luick 
cmsumption, Mary A. Huflbrd, daughter of brother 
Peter and sister Eshclman, aged 28 years, 4 months 
and 4 da.vs. A. B. Snider. 

WINELAND.— InthePlcasentllill church. 111, Dec. 
10, of consumption, sister Susannah Wineland, aged 
o7 years, 1 month and lo days. J. H. Brubakf.h. 

WOLF. — In Car'e'on, Mich , Dec. 27, Jes-e, son of Jacob 
and Sophia Wolf, aged 4 months. J. G. Winey. 

BROWN.— Near South Bend, Ind , Dec. 22, Isaiah 
lirown, aged 61 years, months and 1^^ days. 

HALTER.— Near Laporte, Ind., Dec 8, brother Samuel 
Halter, aged Gl years, 9 months and 18 days. 
Bro. H. was born in Erip Go , New York, and mar- 
ried Catherine Blocker in 1852. From there he emi- 
grated to Laporte, in ' •>. He joined the German Bap- 
tist church in '63. Funeral services b.v David Hostetthr 

1 iiCRSTON Miller. 

iVIcMACMARA.— At New Enterprise, Pa., Dec. 23, ct 

diphtheria, Elsie McMacmara, aged 6 years, 8 months 
and 12 days. D. S Replogle. 

FOSTER —In the Washington church, Kan , D '■. 28, 
of consumption, sister E. A. Fohter, aged -i8 years and 
4 days. A. F. Deeter. 

MEYERS —Tn th- Bellville church. Kan., Den 25, 
Minnie Myrtle Meyers, aged 3 years, 5 months and 12 
days. M. M. Eshelman. 

TENNIS —In the Coal Creek church, 111., Dec. 21, of 
consumption, sister Sarah Catherine Tennis, aged -30 
years, 2 months and 3 days. John Pool. 

STEELE.— In the Hopewell church, Pa., Dec. 27, ot 
diphtheria, Harriet, daughter ot broi her George and 
sister Fannie Steele, aged 5 years, 10 months and 25 
days. 

FOUSE. — In the sam'f huvcL, Dec. 28, of diphtheria, 
William H, son of Franklin and Susan Fouse, aged 
3 years, 7 months and 5 days. Michael Keller. 

SOLLENBERGER.— In the Naperville church. 111., 
Dec. 28, Delia A., wife of Michael Sollenberger, aged 
28 years and 24 days. S. E. Yundt. 

ROGERS —In the Dunnings Cnek church, Bedford Co . 
Pa, Sept 3, Robert S. Rogers, son of brother Lev 
and sister Jane Rogers, aged 2 years, 8 months and 26 
days. 

ROGERS. — Tn the same congregation, Nov. 29, sistei 
Jane, wife of brother Levi Rogers, aged 31 years, 5 
months and 9 days. J. B. Millkr. 

BECK.— At Warrior's Mark, Pa, Dec. 14, of scarlet 
fever, Zorah May, only child of Jno. and Harriet Beck, 
aged 4 years, (i months and 28 days. 
Little Zorah May was a child of more than ordinary 

interest and intelligence. She had learned lo talk wd 

hei fatlier, who is a muto, with much ease, and was thi 

joy of the household. 



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it has now passed into other hands, and is 
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Brethren dare selected anothei tract, equally 
as good, and located on it. Excursions will 
bo run every month to this beautiful land — 
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2tf 



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K on Monday. May 14th, 1888; 

lyg \VK 8UUTB. LKATK MOBTH. 

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7 81) 10 00 Hopewell. .. 4 29 1151 

7 40 10 10 ...Piper'B Unn.. 4 17 11 f« 

7 51 10 21 . . . Tat.eBTille . . . 4 07 10 P2 

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Y ALL ODDS 

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RAILROAD m THE WORLD. 

THE 

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RAILWAY 

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It is the shortest and best route betweei 
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Iowa, Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, f'alifor. 
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All Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this line. 
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Qen> Bap'ti Chicago Chloago. 



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Time Table. 

PITTSBTTRGH, FT. WAYNE AND 
CHICAGO RAILWAY. 



SCHEDULE IN EFFECT FEB. 15, 1884. 



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*Daily; tDaily except Sunday; tDaily except 

Monday;§')aily except Saturday. 

CB^ Pullman Palace Sleeping and Hotel 
Cars through between (Chicago and New York 
and Day Coaches between Chicago and Pitts- 
burgh without change. E A. FORD, 
Wm. a. Baldwin, Gen'l Paee.Agt 
Manager 

PITTSBDIIGH. 



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CKNTUKY PLANT RKMEDIES, 
including l^r. Peters* ^fjiyrnetic 



t^Iood Vitiilizer. w Humor Cure, 



uud Dr. Peters' .Stomach Vigor , are 
manufactured only by 

Dr. Peter Fahrney, 

Cliicago, IlL 
Scud for Pamphlet 



5^ 



^fertilizers 1 

BRETHREN WANTED TO SELL OUR 
Stantlfirrl f^eftilixers. Dissolved 
Bone and Fertilizing Chemicals. Address : 

D. BLOCHER & CO.. 
Im9 Gettysburg, Pa. 

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 

On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the foUowin* 
schedule went into effect on the Pennsylvania 
Railroad: 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Plttsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 8 25 P. M 1 85 P. M. 

Mail 2 lOP. M 8 60 A. M. 

Fast Line 8 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon . Arrive Phil'da. 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 9 09 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P.M. 

Mail 850P.M. H'bg., 730P.M. 

Mail Express ...8 05P. M 2 55 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8: 35 
A. M , Altoona, 12:25 P M., Huntingdon, 
1:24P. M , Harrisburg. 4:15 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7 : 25 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P.M., Altoona, 
9: 20 P M., Huntingdon, 10: 30 P M., Harris- 
burgh, 1: 20 A. M., and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

J. R. WOOD, 
CHA8 . E . PDGH, G en'l Pass. Ag't. 

Gen'l Manager 

The Line selected by the U.S. Gov't 
to carry the Fast Mail. 



Builinjton 
Route 

G.B.&q.R.R. 



Tho Only Through Line, wiih its own track, between 

CHICAGO, PEORIA or ST. LOUIS 
AND DENVER 

Either by way of Omaha, Pacific Junc'ion, Atchison or 
Kansas City It travercos all of the sx Great Sta'es, 

iLLINOIS, IOWA, MISSOURI, 
NEBRASKA, KANSAS, COLORADO 

With branch lines to theii innportant citiea a'd towna. 
It runs every day in tne year from one to three elegantly 
equrppcd through trains over its own tracks between 

Chicago and Denver, 
Chicago and Omaha, 

Chicago and Council Bluffs, 
Chicago and St. Joseph, 
Chicago and Atchison, 
Chicago and Kansas City, 
Chicago and Topcka, 
Chicago and St. Louis, 
Chicago and Dubuque, 
Chlcagoand Sioux City, 
Peoria and Council Bluffs, 
Peoria and Kansas City, 
Peoria and St. Louis, 
St. Louis and Omaha, 
St. Louis and St. Paul, 
St. Louis and Rock Island, 
St. Louis and Chicago, 
Kansas City and Denver, 
Kansas City and St. Paul, 
Kansas City and Omaha, 

Kansas City and Burlington. 

Direct Connection made at each cl i!s Junction pointt 
wiih Through Traini to ond from points located on its 
branches. 

At BJCh of its several Eastern and WotSem termini rt 
connec-sii Grand Union Depots with Through Trains to 
ond from all points In the United States and Canada. 

It is tho Principal Line to 

San Francisco, Portland and City of Mexico 

For Tickets, Rates, General Information, etc., regarding 
tho Burlington Route, call on ary Ticket Agent in the 
U'lited States or Canada, or address 

HENRY B. STONE. PERCEVAL LOWELL, 

Asj't Gen'l Manager, Gen'l Pass, Agent, 

CHICAGO. 



The (jOspel Messengee. 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Kntered at the Pnst-Oliice at Mt Blorris. 111. 
as Second Cfast Matter. 



Vol. 23, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 27, 188B. 



No. 4 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BUD MBA UGH, Editob, 

And Baeinese Manager of the Eastern Hunse, Box KO 

Hiintincdon. Pa. 



Bro. J. W. Wilt, of Altoona, Pa , is on the sick list. 
Hope his illness may be of short duration. 



Bro. Swigii.rt, by rPnaest, is preachinsr for the Breth- 
ren in Philade phia. He expects to remain some eight or 
ten days. 

From late reports we learn that the health of Elder 
D. P. Fajler is not improving veiy rapidly, and that he 
is not able to do any preaching. 



The Winter Term of fht- Normal at this place, has 
opened with an encouraging list of new students, and 
the school is in a very fine working condition. 

TuE Brethren of McVoytown commence a series of 
meetings on the 24fh inst , and expect to continue for 
eight or ten days. We have not learned of any special 
invitations. All will be welcome 



Buo. T. C. Weiand is still sojourning iti the East. — 
He is visiting amonsr his wife's friends. As to whether 
he is doing some preaching, we are not informed. Hope 
he has not taken up the excuse, "1 have married a wife, 
and therefoie cannot go.'' 

Last week we said that Bro. James A . Sell was 
preaching for the Au^hwick brethren. In this we were 
misinformed. His brother Brice commenced a meeting 
there on the l")th inst. The bretlnvn thfre are anxious 
to have a good meeting, and we hope that they will not 
be disappomted 

Onr among the very interisUng papers mihe NoiUi 
Aiiuiiican Feview for January is 'Socrates, Buddha, 
and Christ," by W. L. Ccurlney. "The Evidt-nctsof 
the Senses" and "American Labor Organiziitions" are 
also good articles. For solid and instructive reading, we 
have but few monthlies that will compare with the 7?^- 
rieir. 

Bko Wm H Black, of the English River church, 
Iowa, informs us I hat elder D Vaninian commencfd a. se- 
ries of ratetings there on the 22nd of November and 
closed on the IJOrh. The church was much revived, and 
deep and lasting impressions were made Three were 
baptized and added to the church. The church there re- 
ports love and union. 

TiiK late heavy and continued rams have somewhat 
unsettled the prophets who were predicting a great fam- 
ine for water. Because we hud. in places, during the 
summer and fail, severe droughts, peop'e should not 
jump at conclusions too soon. Our Heavenly Father 
still kuoweth the wants of his children, and will He not 
hear them when they call? "And I will be with them, 
even unto the end of the world." 



"And of the making of books there is no end." So 
says Solomon, and what was trui' in his day cm not be 
les-f so now, as our great publishintr hous>s are sending 
them out by the thousands daily. We have hefoie us a 
new volume published by E. B Tn at. of New York, 
named, "Theology of Olirist," from his own words. Not 
having the time to tfive it a careful perusal, we are not 
prepared to speak of its merits. Accepting the title as 
signifying its tiue character, it cftnnot be otherwipe than 
good. It is intended for the Bible student and is espe- 
cially adapted to the wants of ministers and teachers of 
Sunday-schools and Bibh- chuxses. Price. $l,.'iO. Can 
be bad by addressing the publisher, as above. 



Our last prayer-meeting in the Clapel was led by 
Bro Cober and was one of unusual interest Making 
use of our opportunities as presented, was the subject, 
and the piomptness with which it was discussed showed 
that some t me and thought had been devoted to the 
lesion. The necfssity of improving "small" opportuni- 
ties was dwelt upon. As the small ones are more abun- 
dant than the larger ones, we cannot neglect them with- 
out great loss to ourselves as well as to others. 



So.MK of our ministers are out in the field laboring for 
the promotion of the cause, but the number is compara- 
tively small. It is generally admitted that more work 
should be done, but somebody else is to do it and that 
"somebody" is rarely Ibiind. It is the duty of the 
church to send. "Go ye," was said to the church, and 
it is either the duty of each member to go, or see that 
some one goes as a sub<titute Those who elect them- 
selves to vo unteer service deserve praise, but the Com- 
mission given them certainly does not lay this obligation 
up^n them. 

The January number of the Phrenological Journal 
has been received, and, as usual, is lull of interesting 
articles that will be read with pleasure and profit by its 
many readers. It is one of the papers that we feel safe 
in recommending to those who wish to keep posted on 
the progress of the age and become ac(iuainled with the 
researches and doings of our leading thinkers. In this 
nuaibfr are rvortrails. with short liio;'rrij(.i>y>« r>f Ui<^fn1.- 
lo^ving men: Spuizbeii.o, Combe, the Fowlers, Orson S., 
Lorenzo N. and Charlotte (Wells), S R. Wells. Nahum 
Capen, Nelson Sizer, Nathan Allen, H S. Drajton, Rus- 
sell T. Trail, S. Graham, S. A. Roberts and Albert Turn- 
er, — all men of renown as workers in the field of sci- 
ence. $2 00 per year. Fowler & Wells Co., New York. 



Our Kansas and N-braska Brethren are loud in their 
praises of the fatness <T the r lands and the large crops 
they have p'oduced for the last seveial years. We cer- 
tainly feel to rejoice with them, as from what we have 
seen ot the Western plains, we have no doubt that theirs 
is a goodly land. We hope that such a fullness of 
worldly blessings will make a very grateful people, for 
with great good come great responsibilities. At the 
starting in of winter, the times presented rather a 
gloomy future. At the su.-pen.«ion of our industries, and 
so nuinj of our laboring men thro vnout of employment, 
it was feared that the old dirge, "hard times," would 
be heard throughout our land. But more recently, 
things have been changing for th- better The furnac- 
es, machine shops, factories, that were stopped, are 
starting again, and we have reason to believe that by 
spring wo will be permitted to enjoy our usual prosper- 
ity. 

OUR NEXT CONFERENCE. 



On ^londay morning, Jan. 12, in re-ponsc to the time 
appointed for the meeting of the cunmittee to locate our 
next .\nDU.il Conference, we left home to go to Mexico, 
the place named for our first meeting. At Mt. Union, 
Bro Jas. R Lane, a memb 'r of the Committee, entered 
the coach we were in, and we cnji\ed his company to 
our place for stopping. On our airivnl, we were disap- 
pointed in not meeting some more of the Committre, Imt 
were met by Bro. M. R Basher, who took us to his 
home, where wo had the pleasure of meeting Bro. Solo- 
mon Seib-^r, the eld'^r in charge of the Lost Creek church, 
his wife, and sevcial other other luenibors of his church. 

While there, we learned that there was a misunder- 
standing in regard to the time of meeting .ind that noth- 
ing could be d»ne until the next day. But we were so 
pleasantly entertained by Bro. Bashor and his kind fam- 



ily that our not meeting was a pleafure rather than a 
disappointment. In the evening, bitlhrtn ler, Sham- 
berger and Beelman came, and Bio. Sell arrived next 
morning. This completed the committee, fxcept Bro. 
Howe. As this 'was one of the locations offered, we 
spent the foiencon in examining the place— its advan- 
tages, disadvantages, etc. Elder Solomon Seiber again 
met us at this place, and together we passfd the time 
very pleasantly, living en the fatness of the land— the 
good things that Bro. Bashor 's family knows how to 
provide. 

In the afternoon, he provided conveyances and we 
were all taken to Mifflin, where we met Bio. Howe, 
which completed the Committee Here we took the 
train, and all came up to Huntingdon to spend the night, 
brethren Beelman and Shamberger lodiiing with us. 
Lane and Sell with Bro. Quinter, and Howe and Oiler 
at the Normal. The next morning we again took the 
train, adding to our number Bro. Quinter, and went to 
Newton Hamilton, where our Methodist brethien have a 
vcy nicely prepared place for holding their annual 
camp-meeting, it havirg been offered for our use if it 
would suit our puipose. 

Here we were met by two of the trustees of the 
ground, and also had with us Messrs. Shoemaker and 
Simmons, Penna. Railroad officials, who kindly gave us 
transportation over their road, back and forth, at our 
pleasure. This p'nr- .--,-;---':: -''--i-v^ !' : ", . :' 

over five hundred tents, well looied with .-h n;»les, well 
adapted for lodging purposes. Inth'ui (rim iljiee to 
five thousand persons could be ccmfortably lodged. — 
These buddings formed ciicles or squarf s, rather, in the 
middle of which arep'aces prepired for preaching. One 
of these is partly covered and has a seating capacity of 
some five thousand. 

Ther*^ are three other places of a like seating capaci- 
ty. There are also several restaurants with a seat-ng ca- 
pacity of two hundred each. The water fac lities and 
other conveniences are good, (o that, on the whole, the 
place would be well adapt»d to our wants, as far as con- 
veniences on the ground are concerned. But as there 
are no members, or very few, living near the plao» , and 
it would le dirticult to get a Committee of Arrangements 
to act so far away, this was oifered as an objection to 
the place. Willium's Giove, in Cumberland Co , near 
Mechanicsburg, was also ofVeied to the Committee. At 
this place, strong inducements weie held on*. But as 
there were objections urged against the place by part of 
the church in who-^e bounds it is located, it was thought 
best not to accept it and therefore the Committee decid- 
ed not to go there. 

The Commdtee, after viewing the Nowlou camp 
ground, met, and after ton e deliberation, a vot^* wa-o 
taken, which resulted in unanimously accepting the le)- 
cat'on offered by Bro. M R Bashor, of the L^Kt Creek 
church. The faim is situated on the old Pike, one and 
a half miles from Mexico Station, on the Pennn. Central 
Railroad. The location, we think, will prove Jo be a 
very good one and give general satisfaction. The breth- 
ren there arc willing to lake the meeting, and have the 
executive ability to make ample provision* tbi holding 
the meeting and entertaining the brethren and sisters 
who will attend it. 

The railioad oflicials were with us and assured us that 
they will d.> everything in their power to give those who 
attend the meeting 8.Tfe and comfortable conveyance, 
and as there is no better or more thoroughly equipped 
road in the countr>'. we feel s.itisfied that they cm and 
will do all they promise. After the Committer made its 
decision, it again came to Huntingdon, got dinner, and 
disper-ed, well pleased with thewoik done. Further 
information given as needed. 



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THE aOSPEL ]MESSEMGi]R. 



THE ELDER. 



Most of our churches have their elders, 
and tbey are to stand in the same relation to 
the members as the true shepherd does to his 
flock. In thinking of this relation, we were 
made to wonder how many of our elders are 
rightly filling the position in which they are 
placed. To "feed the flock" seems to be the 
first and important duty of the elder, and "to 
feed" is very comprehensive in this connec- 
tion. Of course, it has reference to spiritual 
food, and this embraces very much more tban 
preaching. There are so many avenues from 
which men and women draw nourishment, 
that it requires a great deal of care on the 
part of the shepherd that some of the flock 
do not get hold of poison, and we believe 
that we are right in saying that this poison 
is gathered through reading more than any 
other way. 

It is a fact that has been fully and fre- 
quently illustrated, that a man's religion, as 
a general rule, corresponds very nearly with 
the character or leadings of the church pa- 
pers he reads. To-day, we can form a very 
correct ideal of the condition of our church- 
es by referring to our subscription list. Out 
of the number that have left the church, 
there were but few indeed that had been reg- 
ular readers of the Messenger. We do not 
say this by way of boasting, but give it as a 
fact worthy of consideration. There is noth- 
ing uncommon or strange about it. Other 
papers have had and still have similar lead- 
ings. Our present divisions came not from 
the pulpit teaching and the Bible, but from 
the papers we published. The whole thing 
was largely a paper division, each one hold- 
ing the majority of its readers. 

If this kind of food gives spiritual growth 
after its kind, the duty of elders, as far as 
the reading of their people is concerned, 
ought to be clear. A number of our elders 
have observed the force of this truth, and 
are acting accordingly. We know of church- 
es in which a copy of the Messenger is placed 
in every family, and the result is proving 
very satisfactory. We do not wish it under- 
stood that everything depends upon the pa- 
per people read, but it is a silent way of 
teaching that comes frequently and almost as 
regularly as the daily meal. JSome of our 
brethren and sisters have preaching once in 
four, eight or sixteen weeks, but the paper 
preacher comes every week. The power and 
influence of this weekly preacher can be 
readily seen, and unless it is in harmony 
with the ministerial preaching, it certainly 
labors against great odds, and at dangerous 
disadvantages. 

Elders and brethren, look around you and 
see what kind of food your flock is eating, or 
feeding upon. It is a subject worthy of your 
attention, because like begets like. It is ote 
of the unchangeable laws of nature, and as 
they are of God, we cannot expect anything 
else in tho spiritAial kiugdoio. a, i>. b. 



IBSS^^-^S. 



study to sbow thyeelf approved unto God, a workman that 

needstli not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



OUR IftlAGINATION. 



BY JAMES M. NEFF. 



"Keep tliy liPavt with all diligence; for out of it are 
the issues of life." — Prov.[4: 23. 

Man is endowed with faculties, mental, 
moral, and physical; and it is an interesting 
and noteworthy fact, that everywhere in nat- 
ure, there is attached to every faculty, wheth- 
er mental, moral, or physical, a function. — 
Our Creator, in his wise economy, has or- 
dained that wherever there is a power to 
work, there must be a work to do; wherever 
there is an ability, there is a duty ; for every 
talent, there is a means provided for its cul- 
tivation. Not only are means provided for the 
cultivation of each faculty, but the possessor 
is under moral obligations to use and not 
abus^^ it Every taciilt\ that we possess is 
God-given; and hence duty to God and to 
self demands its use and cultivation. 

One among the many powers of the mind 
is imagination, or fancy. Webster calls this 
"the plastic or creative power; the image- 
making power." Indeed, this faculty is "plas- 
tic." it is also the n ost high-flown, flighty, 
and extravagant faculty of the mind. It is 
limited neither by time nor space, truth nor 
fiction. In difl'erent individuals, this faculty 
assumes vastly difi'erenf proportions; and 
even in the same individual, at difl'erent times 
and under different circumstances, it under- 
goes various changes. It ebbs and flows like 
the ocean tide. 

If, ihen, our hypothesis be true, that for 
evr-ry faculty there is a function, there must 
be s uje useful work which we may assign to 
the faculty of the imagination. But it must 
be remembered, too, that God has given us 
the liberty to use every faculty with which 
He has endowed us, either to His honor or 
to His dishonor. In this lies our free moral 
agency. He has intended, however, that this, 
our earthly life, shall be a state of moral dis- 
cipline; and if we would have it so, we should 
be diligent in the cultivation of our God- 
given powers. 

IJtit man is sinful; and too often is it the 
case that those powers which God would have 
used to His honor, are used to His dishonor; 
they are either misapplied, used to excess, or 
left to perish from disuse. This, I say, is 
too often true of man's powers in general, 
and the imngination is no exception to the 
rule. The Lord says that "the imagination 
of man's heart i^ evil from his youth." Gen. 
8:21. 

Do wo not often find ourselves indulging 
ill idle fancy, as frivolous and empty as a 
dream? The result is a loss of time and a 
tendency to weaken the mind and render it 
less competent for work and usefulness. 

While it is our privilege— not only our 
privilege, but our duty— to use this faculty 
in image-making (for, indeed, it has no other 
function), it is of great importance as to the 
nature ef the images made. 



How often do we, in our imagination, por- 
tray to our mental eyes, images and scenes 
that are base and vulgar, — images upon 
which, if they were real ones, we should be 
ashamed for even devils to see us look; much 
more men and angels! Yet we cling to them 
and we are loth to turn our mental vision 
from them. O, flesh! vile flesh! it is thou 
that hast made devils of men and fallen an- 
gels of women. It is thou that hast made 
man blind and deaf and dumb to all that is 
high and noble and God like. 

0, carnality! base carnality! it is thou that 
preventest men and women from becoming 
saints and aiigels. Thou art the channel 
through which death and hell enter into the 
heart of man. Thou art the guest that oc- 
cupieth to the exclusion of Christ. O, that 
the imaginations of our hearts might be pure 
and clean and "whiter than snow," for out of 
them are "the issues of life"! 

The prophet recognized this fact when he 
said of the Jews that "they hearkened not, 
nor inclined their ear, but walked in the 
counsels and in the imagination of their evil 
heart, and went backward, and not forward." 
Jer. 7: 24. And again he says they "have 
walked after the imagination of their own 
heart"; and thus it is to this day. If the im- 
aginations of men's hearts are pure, their 
lives are pure and God-like. 

David speaks of this in very emphatic 
terms in the following charge to Solomon: — 
"And thou, Solomon, my son, know thou the 
God of thy father, and serve him with a per- 
fect heart and with a willing mind: for the 
Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth 
all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou 
seek him, he will be found of thee; but if 
thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forev- 
er." 1 Chron. 28: 9. If we would lead lives 
of piirity and godliness, we should keep our 
thoughts and imaginations pure. 

Instead of letting our imaginations run at 
random, or allowing them to display to the 
mental vision, images low and obscene, we 
should fix our thoughts upon things divine. 
If we love to indulge in reverie, as we often 
do, we should picture to ourselves scenes di- 
vine, and meditate upon them till we have 
learned to love them. 

Let us, in our imaginations, stand by Abra- 
ham and listen to the call of the Lord; and, 
with him, resolve to go at his command. Lat 
us sojourn wich him "in the land of promise, 
as in a strange country, dwelling in taberna- 
cles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him 
of the same promises." Lot us, with him, 
look for "a city which hath foundations 
whose builder and maker is God." 

Let us follow him up the reeky pathway 
as he ascends one of the mountains of Mo- 
riah to offer up his only son in obedience to 
the command of God; and thus shall we 
learu lessons of unfaltering faith and true 
godliness. In a like manner, let us accom- 
pany Isaac and Jacpb, and listen to the com- 
munications between them and their God; 
and thus, by the aid of our imagination, we 
shall be brought nearer to God; thus shall 
we become better acquainted with the patri- 
archs and prophets; thus shall we be enabled 



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to partake of their nature and imbibe more 
of that spirit by which they were guided. 

In like manner, we could go in and out at 
the Egyptian court with young Mospb, and, 
with him, "choose rather to suffer affliction 
with the people of God than to enjoy the 
pleasures of sin for a season." We could 
follow faim into the laud of Midian and dwell 
with him upon Mt. Horeb, and sleep with 
him at night in a cave of the rock. We could 
stand by and witness the awful presence of 
the Spirit in the Burning Bush, We could 
follow him back to Egypt, and take up oxii 
abode for a season in an humble cottage in 
the land Goshen, and behold the wonderful 
manifestations of God's power and wrath. 

We could stand upon the bank of the Nile 
and see its mighty waters turned to blood. — 
We could look a short distance to the north- 
west and see the heavy cloud hanging over 
Egypt, from which the vivid lightnings flash 
their fiery darts, and the deep-toned thun- 
ders roar, and from which dash torrents of 
fire and iiail upon the condemned Egyptians. 
We could see the whole land infested by vile 
frogs; the dust turned into lice, which rise 
and cover every living creature in the land; 
the air filled with flies; the locusts driven in 
by the east wind like an ocean wave rolling 
along the sky; the thick darkness that envel- 
oped Egypt; and finally, on the night of the 
Passover, the cry of wailing and woe could 
be heard ascending from the mothers in 
Egypt. 

Tlieu could we accompany Mosea and his 
people through the Sea and return with them 
to the mountains of Sinai, aud again witness 
the great events which there transpired. — 
Thu3 wo might follow him on through his 
eveutful life, aud fiaally asijend with him Mt. 
Nebo aud lo(jk beyond into the Ian) of Ca- 
naau. In like manner we could accompany 
Joshua, Samuel, David, Solomon, and many 
others. Yea, we could walk and talk with 
Jesus, from Bethlehem to Olivet. 

And I believe that if such a use were made 
of our imaginations; if such scenes as these 
were fondly cherished, we would be inspired 
to a higher life and a closer walk with God. 

3IL Morris, III 



ClIUKCH GOVliritNl>IENT. 



BY JOHN FORNEY. 



Number V. 

Any one denying the official power of the 
church, or attempting to sot it aside, makfs 
an attack on the ordinance of God. This 
was clearly demonstrated in my former arti- 
cles. I will now proceed to compare the 
present government of the church with that 
of the Bible. 

The church anciently had officers of difl'er- 
ent grades, to instruct and govern it. Gen. 
49: 10; Ex. 18: 21; Num. 1: 16; 2 Chron. 23: 
6, 7; 19: 11; Num. 3: 32; 7: 2; Gen. 23: 5, G; 
Neh. 11: l-i-22. I might go on and cite you 
to fifty more places in the Bible, but will con- 
clude by a few references from the New Tee- 
L tament. 

I ■ "But now hath God set the members every 
> one of them in the body, as it hath pleased 



him. Aud God hath set some in the churclj, 
first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly, 
teachers," etc. 1 Cor. 12: 18-28; 9: 18; 2 Cor. 
3: 5, G. 

"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, 
as though God did beseech you by us." 2 
Cor. 5: 20; G: 4 10. 

"I have said before, that yo are in our 
hearts to die aud live with you." 2 Cor. 7: 
3; 11: 27, 28; 12: 12; 13: 2-10. 

"Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers 
and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the 
saints, aud of the household of God; and are 
built upon the foundation of the apostles 
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the 
chief corner-stone." Eph. 2: 19, 20. 

So has the church now, officers of different 
grades, invested with authority to teach, give 
counsel and govern the church, by the (word) 
law of God. And the principle of the law 
has never changed in its governing power. — 
Therefore the officiating power must contin- 
ue the same. 

Moses and Atron and the elders of Israel 
had many council-meetiuga, and sometimes 
with the whole house of Israel. For exam- 
ple, Jefchro and Moses. Ex. 18: 13-27; Lev. 
24: 12-23; Num. 15: 32-36; 16: 5-19; 14: 1- 
10; Jodh. 3: 2-3; Deut. 11; also 20. 

It is a truth that cannot be denied, that 
Moses did spend the most of the time in 
council- meetings with Israel, to instruct his 
people in what was right and wrong. He 
told the priests and elders how to execute 
the law in the various cases. So did Joshua. 
Jesus Christ did the same to the apostles 
and elders, and they carried it into execution. 
The church of Christ has the Bible stand- 
ard for as many council-meetings as she may 
see fit to hold, for the instruction and edifi- 
cation of her members, that every one may 
perfh'ctly learn what is right and what is 
wrong. 

It is the elders' business to call councils, 
and the members' business to attend coun- 
cils. See Acts 1: 15; 6: 2; 15: 6. * 

Sometimes the elders alone were called in 
council. Acts 20: 17, 18; 13: 1-3; Num. 11: 
16. Aud this also is an ordinance of God. 
See Ex. 24: 1. 

Moses saw fit to divide the congregation 
into sections of thousands, and of hundreds, 
and of fifties. He set officers over them, to 
settle all small matters, but the great mat- 
ters had to come up to a higher court. And 
upon this principle all governments are bas- 
ed. The apostles followed the same rule. — 
The Church of the Brethren, thank God, is 
working up close to that rule. She is sub- 
divid'^d into state or district meetings, of 
thousands, and of huiidreds, and she has al- 
so smaller bodies of fifties, with heads (offi- 
cers or rulers) set over them, to judge all 
small causes, according to the law. 

In this way the work for A. M., which is 
the highest council, is lightened. And ac- 
cording to the order of God, nothing has a 
right to be brought up to her but the hard 
questions. 

"If there arise a matter too hard for thee 
in judgment, being matters of controversy 
within thy gates." Deut. 17: 8, 9. 



But, take notice; the people had to bring 
the great thing with their rulers, unto M' ses 
and the priests, and they were to give decis- 
ion on all such cases. Such is the proper or- 
der of the church to-day. Every church dis- 
trict is required to adjust all local or small 
matters, and if she has anything too hard 
between man and man, or a matter of con- 
troversy, let them bring it to D. M., where 
each church of that body is duty bound to 
send no less than one, but rather two of her 
chosen men, such as the Bible describee, to 
properly preeent the case or query; and if 
each church attends to this importantduty, 
and will send two of her men as delegates, 
with proper instruction, or knowledge of the 
case, then you have the wisdom combined of 
the thousands, of the hundreds, of the fifties, 
and of the tens, with their elders. 

And if, after this, a great matter, or a mat- 
ter of controversy remains, that is too bard 
for D. M., then, and then only, it is lawful to 
bring it up to A. M. And in this way it will 
be easier for A. M., and she will be able to 
bear it. 

But if people will all come up and stand 
before her from morning to evening, with all 
their small matters, for her judgment, she 
will surely wear away; she cannot endure it. 
I will vouch for Annual Meeting, that she 
will hereafter perform her duty faithfully, 
and lawfully, too, if no D. M. will send up 
any small matter, and will send no other but 
men of truth, men that love righteousness, 
and hate iniquity, to be her delegates on the 
Standing Committee, aud each local church 
see to it that she sends her one or two men 
sound in the faith, and full of the Holy 
Ghost and wisdom, as delegates, to assist her 
in her deliberations, and as a voting power. 
But I cannot advise, as some say. Send vourg 
men that they may learn. They must first 
learn at home, and become heads of families 
(tribes) or churches, such as the Lord chose 
in former dispensations, to lead and govern 
his people. 

As I have overwhelmingly proven from 
the Bible, the work of A. M. is of too great 
importance to trifle with any part of it. But 
if churches have young men that have put 
on the whole armor of God, that are such as 
young Timothy was, I say. Send tlem; or a 
Barnabas, that went up to Jerui-al*?m to the 
highest council with Paul (Acts 15), that 
knew the Scriptures from a child (2 Tim. 3: 
15). 

Christ tells ue, in .'^:39, "Search the Script- 
ures"; namely, the law and the prophets. It 
is to be lamented that so many church mem- 
bers neglect the readin;^ of the law and the 
prophets. I heard some of our ministers 
say, while preaching, "I never read much in 
the Old Bible," meaning, I presume, the Old 
Testament, while it is a fact that the Lord 
Jesus Christ and the apostles always, in their 
preaching, cited the people to the lavv and 
the prophets. Luke 4: 21-27; IG: 29-31; 24: 
25-27; John 10: 34. 35; Acts 2: 16-25; 7: 37- 
53; Rom." 7: 7-^14; Gal. 3: 21-24. 

By the law, men received the knowledge 
of sin; for the law describes every vestige of 
sin more definitely than the gospel. Paul 



0'4 



THE GOSFEL ]VIESSE]>^aER. 



said, "I had not known sin but by the law"; 
"Moses said unto the people, Fear not; for 
God is come to prove you, and that hie fear 
may be before your faces, that ye sin not." 
Ex. 20: 20. Please read Ex. 21, 22, and 23: 
1-13, and you will more perfectly learn to 
understand what is right, and what is sinful. 

To the principle of this law, the child of 
God is duty bound to live. The Israelites 
were to teach the commands of God to their 
children. Deut. 11: 18-20. 

In the days of Christ and the apostles, the 
Jews had synagogues, where they met on ev- 
ery Sabbath, to read the law and the proph- 
ets. 'Luke 4: 16, 17; Acts 15: 21; 13: 27. 

These synagogues are, in our German Bi- 
ble, by Luther, called schools, — sometimes 
Jewish schools {Schuleyi der Juden). It was 
customary, in these (schools) synagogues, to 
ask or look for some one to give a word of 
explanation on what was read. Luke 4: 20, 
21; Acts 13: 15. 

We may give .those Bible institutions dif- 
ferent names, but it will not affect their char- 
acter. The object was to give the people the 
proper understanding of the law. We now 
call them Sabbath ( Sunday) schools or Bible 
Classes. The A. M., in 1857, has wisely an- 
swered, "We know of no Scripture which 
condemns Sabbath-schools, if conducted in 
gospel order, and if they are made the means 
of teaching scholars a knowledge of the 
Scriptures." No, the Lord and the apostles 
never condemned them, but took an active 
( part in them. 

I am often asked. Where do the Brethren 
get Scripture for colleges? The church has 
no such institution, but permits her members 
to have them as a private institution. 
/' Now, let us look this subject right in the 
face, and see what is meant by its name, col- 
lege. • I. A collection or society of men. 2 
A society of scholars incorporated for pur- 
poses of study or instruction. — Wchsier. Al- 
BO called high schools. That the people of 
God had schools of different grades, is clear 
to my mind, from the following Scriptures: 
"Huldah, the prophetess, she dwelt in Jeru- 
salem in the college." 2 Kings 22: 14. It 
seems Samuel superintended a school of 
prophets. In 1 Sam. 10: 10, it is called hill. 
"And when they saw the company of the 
prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing 
appointed over them." 1 Sam. 19: 20. They 
had also institutions for singing and learning 
music. "And it shall come to pass, when 
thou art come thither to the city, that thou 
shalt meet a company of prophets coming 
down from the high^ place, with a psaltery, 
and a taberet, and a pipe, and a harp before 
them." 1 Sam. 10: 5; 1 Chron. 25: 6-8; 2 
Chron. 23: 13. 



V' 



I cannot find, in my Bible, that the Lord 
Jesus Christ condemned any school of learn- 
ing, but reproved and condemned every abuse 
of the means of worship he had given them; 
whether it was prayer, or sacrifice, singing, 
or reading, or teaching. Therefore, let the 
church look well to it, that she continues to 
govern God's people with wisdom, and make 
all her decisions at A. M. upon the word of 
God; and if she can be convinced that she 



has made any that disagree, or conflict, in the 
least, with the doctrine of Christ, nullify them 
at once. 

I am glad that the old gospel ship is still 
sailing along smoothly, guided by the gospel 
compass, governed by her great Captain, the 
Lord Jesus Christ, assisted by twelve sailors, 
with the whole crew of the patriarchs and 
prophets, priests and elders, who together 
paved us the way, and gave us the landmarks 
of church government, that we can know how 
to teach and receive members, and how to 
treat them in love, how to treat the lambs 
and sheep, how to go after erring ones, and 
how to deal with our brother if he will not 
hear the church, and how to elect officers, 
and what kind of men are to fill the different 
offices, with the work assigned them, and 
how to observe the ordinances of the house 
of God, and how to behave ourselves at home 
and abroad, both to friend and foe. 

All the above we are taught, both by pre- 
cept and example; but I am ashamed to say 
the church is far behind the example of 
Christ and the apostles in missionary work. 
They spent all their time in that service, and 
carried the gospel from city to city, and to 
the different nations. O, awake, brethren, to 
a sense of this duty also, is my prayer. 

Abilene, Kan. 



TRINE liVI ME RSrON IS THE MODE OF 

BAPT1S31 TAUGHT BY 

CHRIST. 



BY J. W. SOUTHWOOD. 



Number 1. 

In the first place I desire to take a logical 
view of the subject. Before doing so, I will 
state that the principle of logic upon which- 
I desire to base my argument is, that when 
several positions are taken and but one is 
correct, if all are disproven but one, it fol- 
lows that that one is correct. For illustra- 
tion, suppose there are several claims made 
as to ^^^at day of the week a certain day is, 
some claiming it is Sunday, others that it is 
Monday, others Tuesday and so on. Now, 
then, if I disprove it to be Monday, Tuesday, 
'Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, 
I virtually prove it to be Sundaj. That is, 
if I prove h^ the history of the week or oth- 
erwise, that it is not Monday, Tuesday, Wed- 
nesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, I log- 
ically prove that day to be Sunday. Believ- 
ing the idea now clear, I proceed. 

While Christ was uptm earth he gave a 
mode of baptism; some claim it was back 
ward single immersion, others that it was 
pouring, others sprinkling, and others trine 
immersion. Now, if I disprove three of these 
claims, I logically prove the other to be cor- 
rect. In other words; if I prove that back- 
ward single immersion, pouring, and sprink- 
ling each were instituted by man this side of 
the date when Christ was upon earth and 
gave his mode, 1 thereby prove that the mode 
Christ gave is trine immersion. On exami- 
nation of the history of baptism, we learn 
that backward single immersion originated 
with the English Baptists which brings the 
matter this side of the "reformation" We 



quote from Moore's "Trine Immersion Traced 
to the Apostles," page 59 and 60, 

"The first English Baptists, when they read 
the phrase, buried in biptism, instantly 
thought of an English burial, and, therefore, 
baptized by laying the body .[backward] in 
the form of burying in their own country, 
but they might have observed th%t Paul 
wrote to the Romans, and that Romans did 
not bury, but burned their dead, and buried 
nothing but their ashes in urns, so that no 
fdir reasoning on the form of baptizing can 
be drawn from the mode of burying the dead 
in England," ["Robinson's History of Bap- 
tism," page 696 ] 

"Immersion, however, maintained its ground 
until the middle of the seventeenth century, 
when the Westminster Assembly of Divines 
voted by a majority of one, that immersion 
and sprinkling were indifferent. - Previous to 
that period, the Baptists had formed churches 
in different parts of the country; and having 
always seen infants, when baptized, taken in 
the hands of the administrator, and laid un- 
der the water, in the baptismal font, and not 
having much, if any, communication with the 
Baptists on the continent, they thought, of 
course, that a candidate for baptism, though 
a grown person, bhould be treated in the same 
manner, and laid backward under the water. 
They were probably confirmed in this idea 
by the phrase, 'buried in baptism.' The con- 
sequence has been that all the Baptists in 
the world, who have sprung from the Eng- 
lish Baptists, have practiced the backward 
posture. Bat from the beginning, it was not 
so. In the apostolic times, the administrator 
placed his right hand on the head of the can- 
didate, who then, under the pressure of the 
administrator's hand, bowed forward, aided 
by that g^enuflection which instinctively comes 
to one's aid, when attempting to bow in the 
^practice, until his head was submerged, and 
rose by his own effort," ["Jadson on Bap- 
tism," page 112.] We thus see from Judson 
that in the beginning the backward action 
was not used, but in "the apostles' times" the 
forward action was used, hence btckward ac- 
tion is not Christ's mode of baptism. 

I next look after single immersion, and in 
doing so I offer the following from "Qainter's 
Origin of Single Immersion," pwges 5 and 6: 
"Chrystal, in his book entitled "History of 
the Modes of Baptism," page 78, quotes Tlie- 
odoret. Bishop of Cyrus, and author of an 
Ecclesiastical History and various other 
works, and who lived in the latter part of the 
fourth century and early part of the fifth, as 
follows: 'He (Eunomius) subverted the law 
of holy baptism, which had been handed 
down from the beginning from the Lord, and 
fiom the apostles, and made a contrary law, 
asserting that it was not necessary to immerse 
the candidate for baptism thrice, nor to men- 
tion the names of the Trinity, but to im- 
merse once only into the death of Christ, 
The following is the language of Sozomen in 
regard to the origin of single immersion. It 
occurs in his Ecclesiastical History, He liv- 
ed according to Cave, about the year A. D. 
-i40. 'Some say that Eunomius was the first 
who dared to bring forward the notion that 



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58 



the divine baptism ought to be administered 
by a single immersion.' * * * But wheth- 
er it was Eunomius or any other person who 
first introduced heretical opinions concerning 
baptism, it seems to me that such innovators, 
whoever they may have been, were alone in 
danger, according to their own representa- 
tion, of quitting this life without having re- 
ceived the rite of holy baptism; for if, after 
having received baptism according to the an- 
cient mode of the church {i. e., by trine im- 
mersion), they found it impossible to recon- 
fer it on themselves, it must be admitted that 
they introduced a practice to which they had 
not themselves submitted, and thus under- 
took to administer to others what had never 
been administered to themselves.' " 

W J have now found that single immersion 
was first introduced by one, Eunomius, in 
the latter part of the fourth century, and that 
it was a subversion of "the law of holy bap- 
tism" and was denounced as heretical. There- 
fore, single immersion cannot be the mode 
taught by Christ. Hence I have so far dis- 
proved backward single immersion. 

We next proceed to look after pouring as 
baptism, and if we find it like backward sin- 
gle immersion has only human authority, 
then we should also set it aside. We quote 
from "Bashor and Dillon Debate," pages 9 
and 10. "We have, then, but one case of 
pouring on record during two hundred and 
fifty years. The Messiah was gone to heaven 
more than two centuries before the sick and 
distracted Novatian of Kome had water pour- 
ed all over him on a bed;— if, indeed, as Eu- 
eebius saye, that could be called baptism. 
Perhaps there may have been about that time 
a few others, but so few and so obscure, if 
there were any, that neither Eusebius nor 
any other historian names them. The Coun- 
cil of Neociiisarea, sixty four years after this 
time, condemned such pourings; which, being 
the first public notice of the affair, proves 
that it had not yet spread far, and, in the 
second place, that it was not then regarded 
by the bishops with much favor." [ "Camp- 
bell on Biptism," page 199 ] 

As we have only sprinkling to look after, 
we proceed at once to call attention to a quota- 
tion from "Miller's D.jctrine of the Brethren 
Deft^nded," pages 106 and 107, "In the in- 
vestigation of this argument we will first 
bring up the origin or introduction of sprink- 
ling. About A. D. 225, Magnus asked Cy- 
prian, Bishop of Carthage, whether persons 
sprinkled are properly to be esteemed as 
Christians. Cyprian replies: 'You have, more- 
over my dearest sou, asked my opinion of 
those who receive the grace of God in time 
of sickness, whether they are properly to be 
esteemed as Christians, because they are not 
washed, but only sprinkled with the saving 
water, in which particular I would by no 
means be understood as taking upon me to 
judge for others, or to restrain them from the 
free use of their own judgment, or from act- 
ing according to it. But, indeed, as far as 
my slender abilities enable me to conceive of 
this opinion, I cannot apprehend how the 
blessing of heaven shounl descend maimed 
and imperfect, nor how they should Buffer 



any diminution or abatement where in the re- 
ception of them neither giver nor receiver are 
at all deficient in their faith. For it is not 
in the matters of salvation as in common 
washings where you would clean your body 
from dirt and nastiness. * * * Iq cases 
of necessity God will dispense with divers 
things, and will confer upon believers in a 
more compendious way all the benefits of his 
saving sacraments. * * * Or if any one 
is persuaded that men in such circumstances 
have really nothing conferred upon them, be- 
cause they are only sprinkled with baptismal 
water, and that all which is done for them in 
that way is without effect, let them run no 
further risk, and, therefore, if they recover 
let them even be baptized." | "Cyprian's 
Works." page 218 ] 

/- "Mr. Rice, in his debate with Mr. Gamp- 
bell, on page 134, brings forward this matter 
where Cyprian,^in council with sixty-six bish- 
ops, decides that sprinkling or affusion is val- 
id when sick persons, on account of necessity, 
have the baptismal water sprinkled or pour- 
ed on them." 

~v The point is that sprinkling was instituted 
by man and took a council of bishops to make 
it valid, which shows at once that it was not 
instituted by Christ. It would then have 
been valid, without the decision of bishops. 
The word raniizo is the word used to denote 
sprinkling, a fact which disproves sprinkling 
to be the mode taught by Christ. For he us- 
ed the word hapiizo to express the mode he 
taught. 

We have now shown that three of the claim- 
ed modes of Christian baptism were institut- 
ed by man, which therefore, upon the princi- 
ple of logic before stated, proves trine im- 
mersion, to be the mode taught by Christ. 
( To he Continued. ) 

FRAGMENTS.— John (»: 12. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



— When the clouds of God's afflicting prov- 
idences shall have sufiiciently watered the 
good seed, sown in the hearts of believers, 
they will depart, and leave only the sunshine 
of his love to ripen the fruits of the spirit. 

— A do-nothing religion is generally fol- 
lowed by a be-nothing character, and a came- 
to-nothiug destiny. This is a logical chain, 
but it sometimes happens that a man's life is 
better than his creed. There is not a busier 
life than that of the true Christian; every 
moment of his time is consume i in the con- 
flict with sin, in himself, and the world 
around him. 

— The most important lesson to be impress- 
ed upon the minds of the young, is to avoid 
the pursuit of pleasure. Seek not thine own 
pleasure. It is not the best and safest ob- 
ject, and almost always leads to self indul- 
gence and sin. These are the last times, 
\»hen men ai"e "lovers of pleasure more than 
lovers of God," and there is much need to 
preacL the stern, ascetic morality of the Bi- 
ble. St^lf-denial is the only path which leads 
to grace, and thence from gracii to glory. 

— When the Master comes again, will he 
be more tolerant of sin and worldliuess than 



when he was here before? AVill there be 
less severity in his rebuke of pride, hypocri- 
sy, self-righteousness and covetoubuess ? 
Will the votaries of sinful pleasure be better 
able to stand in his presence, or hide their 
cuilt from his penetrating vision? Let us 
live as seeing the invisible, yet really ever 
present God, and watch and pray, that we 
may be accounted worthy to stand before 
him at his coming. 

— When the Israelites came to the River 
Jordan, it overflowed all its banks, and seem- 
ed to present an insurmountable barrier to 
their further progress; but when the feet of 
the Ark bearing priests touched the brink, 
the surging billows rolled back, and the 
hosts of God passed easily and safely over. 
So, at a distance, the Jordan of death ap- 
pears a dark and dreadful river, overflowing 
all its banks, but when God's people come to 
the brink, bearing the blest siga of the sec- 
ond covenant, a mighty, unseen hand rolls 
back the threatening billows, and the re- 
deemed pass safely over into the land of rest. 
"Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, 
where is thy victory ?" 



KANDOxM READINGS. 



BY W. H. BOOSE. 



— Guard thy tongue, that it speaks no 
guile; otherwise you cannot be like Chiist. 

— Trust old age with great reverence and 
tenderness. — Zoroaster. 

— A single bad habit, in an otherwise spot- 
less character, as an ink drop, soileth the 
whole page. — Baliou. 

— "Let drink alone. That is the only way. 
You cannot take a little without taking too 
much — for a little is too much." 

— "Remember one thing, my lad, it is far 
easier to keep in the right way than to re- 
gain it after it is once departed from." 

— "Labor to keep alive in your breast that 
little spark of celestial fire called conscience." 

— "If there be any truer measure of a man 
than that by what he does, it must be by 
what he gives." 

— The greatest of faults, I should say, is to 
be conscious of none. — Carlyle. 

— The most delicate, the most sensible of 
all pleasures consists in promoting the pleas- 
ures of others. — La Bvuycrc. 

— "If you feel angry, beware lest you be- 
come revengeful." 

— "Oh! how rare to find a soul still enough 
to hear God speak." 

— Believe me, every heart has its secret 
sorrow which the world knows not, and often- 
times we call a man cold when he is only 
sad. — Loiujfellow. 

— No soul was ever lost beeiuae its fresh 
beginnings broke down; but thousands of 
souls have been lost because they would not 
make fresh beginnings. — Taber. 

- -~^^^ — •— -^ 

An exchauKe says: "A oamel will work sev- ^ 
en or t-ight days without drinking " In this 
he difft-rs from some un'n who will drink sev- 
en or eight days without working. 



-)4 



THE aOSI^EL jMESSEjSTGEII. 



BASIS OF UNION. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



There is but one. John 17: 21. Some 
very good brc-thren, even the best, and some 
not so good, even the worst, have hinted and 
more than hinted, that I make too much of 
the Divine Incarnation. If the Man Christ 
Jesue is God manifest in the flesh, the Alpha 
and Omega, the First and the Last, the au- 
thor and finisher of faith, the Creator, Up- 
holder, Disposer of all things— if the Son of 
Mary is all this, then I would like to know- 
how it is possible to overrate the Incarnation. 
The melancholy truth is we make far too lit- 
tle of it. "Looking unto Jesus" is contem- 
plating and relying on Deity incarnate. Em- 
manuel never had a heart- beat, never inhaled 
a breath, never took a single step or uttered 
a single word, snve in this character. We 
cannot touch him in time or in Eternity save 
as the Word made flesh. All the hope and 
possibility of salvation lies in this fact. 

SyPibolically we are the truest church in 
the world; but the solemu verities symboliz- 
ed are so rarely emphasized in the life. Here 
is the starting point of our ecclesiastical con- 
fusion. Que extreme begets another. The 
outward is valuable as an index and a figura- 
tive monitor. To press it beyond this, or al- 
low it to usurp what it represents, is to pre- 
pare trouble. The Divine Incarnation is the 
Interpreter of the entire economy of Eedemp- 
tion. In losing sight of this, both divisions 
err, one in exalting the tangible unduly, and 
the other in depreciating its value as signi- 
fied by the use made of it in the person of 
Christ. 

Our difi'erences will never be adjusted wise- 
ly and permanently save by the recognition 
of the claims of God incarnate on thetotdlity 
of our being. We must give God full credit 
for His Incarnation, not only as a fact, but 
as to its nuvnner. It is not accidental that 
Emmanuel "was despised and rejected of 
men." "There was no comeliness that we 
should dcHirc Him." The essential nature of 
sin and the consequent degradation and mis- 
relation of man, mad» the cross an absolute 
necessity. Christ accepted it when He as- 
sumed our nature. It only reached its cnl- 
minaiion on Golgotha. This is the pivotal 
principle of Christianity. So long as a church 
essays to maintain rigid simplicity in dress 
by its own legislation, and as a religious ob- 
jectivity valuable for its own sake, there is 
nothing gained on the side of ethics. As 
soon as the infleshing of God is so cut off' 
from the detailed manifestations of life as to 
rule dress out of the category of the cross, 
truth and character necessarily suffer. Be- 
tween these two extremes yawns the gulf 
which keeps the segments of the church 
apart. Compromise is not to be dreamt of. 
There must be i dent ifieai ion in the principle 
that made Jesus Christ the unique, world- 
separated, God-representing Person he was. 
Holiness, God embodiment, Christ-likeness, 
is the only way possible to settle not only the 
dress question, bat every other problem that 
demands solution in relation to our higher 
intereets. 



The grand, incessant aim of the church 
should be so fully and characteristically to 
embody Jehovah- Jesus as to occasion no dis- 
cussion about dress, or any other departure 
from conduct of which the Holy Ghost is the 
origin and motive power. "Looking unto 
Jesus," only and always, sums up the entire 
fact of life in all ite depth and compass and 
expression. Here is no necessity for legisla- 
tion on drees, because there is no impulse 
that issues in self-pleasing and extravagance. 
Where pride and world-aping and fashion- 
worship are so regnant that all appearance of 
humility is absent, the church has authority 
to remonstrate, entreat, warn, excommuni- 
cate. But such cases never occur save in 
connection with other and deeper aberrations 
out of which the fashion-mania springs. I 
have never kno'svn a case where expulsion was 
necessary solely on the ground of dress. Ex- 
cessive gaudiness is but a cognate of more 
important variations from the standard of 
God incarnate. 

We should do all we can to leaven the gen- 
eral mind with the true idea of Christianity 
— Christ Himself as the infleshed Logos — a 
fact to re appear in every God-born eoul. 
Thus wall we accomplish more to re-unite the 
hostile sections of the Brotherhood, than is 
possible for legislative conferences to effect. 
Every prejudice and consideration notrogted 
in Christ as the corporeally manifested God, 
must be dismissed. The "triumph by-and- 
by" so confidently predicted, will be a tri- 
umph of the flesh, not over the flesh, unless 
present conceptions and aims and efforts will 
be nailed to the accursed tree. A large num- 
ber in njl divisions are too self-willed in their 
predilections to be effectually influenced by 
the sublime reason of things embodied in 
and exemplified by God in the flesh in JesUs 
of Nazareth. The schism cannot be perma- 
nent. Deeper spirituality and larger views 
will reveal the Godman with greater vivid- 
ness and power, and make Him more and 
more to us individually, what He is to Him- 
self. For this let us pray, labor, hope, wait. 
Who is ready to forgive seventy times seven, 
and lay down his life for the Brethren? 

THE FUTUIIE OF THE CHUKCH. 



BY .TAMES EVANS. 



The body of Christ, to-day, is essentially 
the same that it was in the first ages of its 
existence. It has still the same Lord or 
Head, the same faith and hope as when it 
first began to be. The conditions of mem- 
bership remain unaltered, and will so remain 
until the last trumpet sounds. The Father 
sent His Son intd the world to reconcile it to 
him.' The Son commissioned the apostles to 
preach him to every creature, and in his last 
words he solemnly assured them that uU who 
believed and were baptized should be saved. 
This gracious promise stands unrevoked, ana 
as to how the Judge of living and dead will 
deal with those who fail to comply with all 
the terms, \9e need not trouble ourselves, in- 
asmuch as we know to absolute certainty who 
shall be saved. 



The "all things" that Jesus instructed the 
apostles to teach, are still enjoined on the 
members of Christ's body, and if we would 
claim to be the successors of the primitive 
church, we must tread in their footsteps, and 
follow their faith and practice. 

The work of the church is to contend for 
the faith once delivered to the saints. The 
work of the members is not only to work out 
their individual salvation, but also to labor 
for the salvation of others. To feel a deep 
interest in our own future welfare, and to feel 
indifferent about others is totally at variance 
with the spirit of the gospel. We have not 
only a hope of salvation in the world to come; 
we are saved now. Saved from what? From 
sin, from alienation from God, from selfish- 
ness, which belongs to the carnal mind, and 
are now in possession of the mind of Christ. 
But the mind of Christ was essentially sacri- 
fice. "He pleased not himself." True, he 
saw the joy set before him. He saw the 
crown which would be placed on his head ; he 
saw the throne of his Father on which he 
would soon sit as the great overcomer in hu- 
man nature. But he would reach the crown 
through the cross, through self-denial, through 
sacrifice for the good of those whom he came 
to save. Now, to feel no concern for the sal- 
vation of others, and to rest satibfied in work- 
ing for our own salvation, is to misapprehend 
our high calling of God and to ally us with 
the world, which loves its own. 

The body of Christie, then, a community of 
men and women who have learned of Christ, 
to do good to others, as well as to seek their 
own eternal good. The church is an aggres- 
sive body, not content with taking care of it- 
self, but invading the kingdom of darkness, 
with light, asserting the supreme authority 
of Christ, excluding every other way of sal- 
vation, but the name of Jesus. 

But the church has a very different class 
of enemies to contend with in the present 
day, than in the early ages. Her opponents 
then were either Jewish priests, scribes or 
pagan priests and philosophers. These op- 
ponents were neither atheists, nor evolution- 
ists. They all acknowledged either one su- 
preme God, or a plurality of gods. They all 
acknowledged divine revelation. God had ' 
spoken to man. The gods were supposed to 
utter oracles. The issue then was as to the 
nature of the oracles. The Christians denied 
that any oracles outside of themselves were of 
value. The Christians rested their claims on 
the facts of their faith. No one for centuries 
disputed, the facts. The priest or philoso- 
pher did not deny the facts, but asserted that 
his own religion furnished examples of vis- 
ions and oracles. 

But all of this is now changed. The oppo- 
nents of Christianity claim nothing of the 
supernatural as an offset to our claims. We 
have to contend with atheists and sceptics of 
keen and cultivated intellects, who enthrone 
wbat they call reason, and deny everything 
of a supernatural nature. Our fathers had 
no such men to oppose. Hitherto theBieth- 
ren contended with men who claimed that 
the Bible was the book of God. Little learn- 
ing outside of the New Testament was neces- 



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sary to come out victors. But will the bhiq'- 
want of education aud readiug now suffice? 
True, we bad men in the past who could 
meabure swordb with sceptics and opposers, 
but , they were men of self-culture. They 
gave attention to reading, much study and 
meditations. 

The character of the future church of the 
Brethren will depeud much on the iutelli- 
gence of her miui«try. Aa ignorant ministry 
would, in time, debase any church. Suppose 
we should suspend all publications, aud cease 
to read or write anythiug, then a night of 
mental darkness would set in, and the church 
would become a prey to delusions and grov- 
elling superstitions. 

To illustrate our meaning: A minister is 
a farmer, who has 500 or 600 acres of land to 
care for. On Monday morning he arises at 
four o'clock, and is full of business until nine 
or ten at night. Tired he lies down to sleep, 
until he awakes at an early hour the follow- 
ing morning. Thus he continues until late 
on Satuiday evening. Now, let us ask. Is 
such a man qualified to teach or preach on 
Sunday ? He is a dried vessel, his mind is 
utterly empty. No wonder we have sleepy 
congregations. No man, entangled such as 
we have described, can make full proof of 
his ministry. 

To prevent these evils, our ministers ought 
to have some leisure time. Those who can 
afford the time, and will not, ought not to fill 
the office. Those who cannot afford the time, 
ought to be aided by their brethren to do so. 
We think the whole church should awake to 
this matter. We ought to read the signs of 
the times, and keep abreast with the intelli- 
gence of the age, so as to be lights in the 
world. To fail to do this might remove our 
light-stand out of its place. 

There are no questions of more vital im- 
portance at the present time then the ques- 
tions of what we, as a people, need. We have 
a mission to perform. • We have been called 
out of the world for a purpose. We have 
given much thought to these themes, and ask 
a patient hearing. 



SUPKKFLUITY. 



BY SARAH M. SAUNDERS. 



The church of the Brethren, as a people, 
are decidedly, opposed to superllaities, but 
do we all understand what might be included 
in the catalogue of supertluities? The preach- 
ers tell us a great deal about it, but I think 
they do not talk plain enough about it. Of 
course we claim^to be a plain people; then, 
why not tell us what is a superfiuity. Some 
might tliiuk that too many hue clothes are a 
supeifluity, but how many are too mtiny? Or, 
some others claim that strong drink, aud oth- 
ers that the use of tobacco is a superfiuity. 
Or, if we should see a sinter with a silver pin 
or a crystal ornament on her hair, of course 
we would all iigree that she is wearing a su- 
perfiuity. But, dear sisters, I think we need 
not go so far from h(»mo to tiud other things 
which are just as huprifiaous as anything else 
we could meutiou, that is in — may 1 say — all 
of our kitchens. We vie with each other to 



see who can dieiplay the most delicacies for 
our tables. How often when we have com- 
pany, do we work as hard ou Sunday to pre- 
pare a grand feast, as we do any other day 
of the week. Often do our tables groan un- 
der loads of dainties, such as preserves, jel- 
lies, etc., (thnt are left untasted,) simply to 
make a display of our knowledge of the culi- 
nary art. And often when we have prepared 
everything that we possibly could, after 
thanks are offered, we apologize that we have 
so little to eat. Let us bludh for shame. 

How many poor families do 1 know who 
are really needing the necessaries of life, and 
who would be glad to eat almost anything, 
who scarcely know where their next meal is 
to come from. How much brighter our 
lights might shine if we would all lay aside 
this "superfluity of naughtiness," and spread 
a plain, substantial meal, without so much, 
just for display. And another thing, too, 
those delicacies are always set forth in hand- 
some glassware which, with the silverware, 
make a grand sight. How does this corres- 
pond with the plain, saintly attire of a woman 
"professing godliness?" Will not those whom 
we would like to win over to us, point the 
finger of scorn at us and say. Where is your 
consistency? Others can see that we are not 
free from superfluities. 

I think there is great need of reform, and 
every sister ought to inaugurate a reform at 
once in her own little kingdom — her kitchen. 
If I am wrong, I am willing to be righted. 



REFLECTIONS UPON THE SONG OF 
SOLOMON 3: 1-4, 



BY J. W. HENKEL. 



Since man was originally formed after the 
holy image of the Creator, as may be seen in 
Gen. 1: 27, and whose offspring we are, as 
Paul testifies. Acts 17: 28; therefore, man can 
find nowhere else true enjoyment, peace, life, 
rest and happiness, but alone in his Holy and 
Almighty Creator, for as gold in the fire, the 
bird in the air, the fish in the water, the tree 
in the earth, find their life, rest and enjoy- 
ment; so our noble soul finds its enjoyment 
in God, its Creator and Preserver. 

Since our soul's Bridegroom and highest 
Good was lost by the fall of Adam and sepa- 
rated from us by our sins, therefore, we have 
earnestly sought and attempted to find him, 
if haply we may secure him as a blessing to 
our souls. This can only be done through 
Jesus Christ, and woe to us if we depart from 
this world without being reconciled to* God 
through Jesus Christ. For this reason God 
calls to all of us through the prophet Isaiah 
55: 6, saying, "Seek ye the Lord while he 
may be found. Call upon him while he is 
near." The holy prophet well knew that no 
true peace and rest can be found for the soul 
outaide of the Lord, hence he entreats us to 
seek him. Whether we seek true peace of 
soul in earthly riches, honor or pleasure; or 
in the arts, sciences, human skill or in what- 
soever else — we discover that happiness is 
not found in these, but alone in God through 
Christ. He in the true aud established rest 
and peace of our souls. 



"Seek the Lord," sajs Isaiah, — this is the 
time to seek and find him. 2 Cor. 6: 2. "Now 
is the accepted time, now is the day of salva- 
tion." If we neglect this opportunity with- 
out mending our ways and turning to the 
Lord aud being reconciled to him through 
Christ, we will have to repent of it afterward. 

"Call upon him," he says, "while he is 
near." It is true, God is near U3 at all times, 
and nearer to us than we are ourselves, for 
"in him we live, move and have our being." 
Acts 17: 28. The prophet means to day. 
"Seek the Lord because he is near" with his 
mercy and offers it to us, as the time may 
come when he, with his mercy, may depart, 
and we might nevermore be able to obtain 
it. 

The rich man in hell also observed God, 
but at a distance, and did not find him near, 
because he did not seek and find him in this 
time of mercy, hence he remained apart from 
him forever. 

Where is there anything better or more 
glorious to be found than God? I know I 
am not directing you to a foundation of sand 
or to something perishable, but to the living 
rock of our salvation, the true cornerstone, 
Christ Jesus that remains forever. All the 
things of this world, however costly or glor- 
ious they may appear, yet they are changea- 
ble and fleeting. This world shall pass away 
with all its pleasure, riches, honor and glory, 
but he who is united to God in the spirit 
through Christ, and found him in his own 
soul, will remain happy here and in all eter- 
nity. See Jer. 29: 1.3, 14 and Matt. 7:7. We 
must seek Jesus through faith and love, 
which we can only do by forsaking the world. 

It is to be deplored that we seek the earth- 
ly and perishable so much. We often think 
after we have secured this or that, then we 
will be truly contented. We exert ourselves 
to secure it, and when obtained it will last 
but a day, until we desire something^elae. 
This indicates that our soul is an eternal 
spirit, and in nothing else than in the eternal 
spirit of God can it find satisfaction and per- 
fect rest. 

The first part of our essay then implies: 
"By night upon my bed I sought him whom 
my soul loveth; I sought him but found him 
not." (To be continued if health permits.) 



INTEMPEIIANCE. 



When men say that a person is intemper- 
ate, they mean that he driuks too much wine 
or strong drink, and is damaging his body by 
doing so. Now, the Bible teaches us to hon- 
or our bodies. There are several texts that 
teach this, but we ought to have seen enough 
to do it, even if the Bible did not tell us to. 
The body is the house of the soul; the Apos- 
tle calls it our earthly house. We honor fine 
houses, and no house is so wonderful as our 
body. It is a sin to dishonor our body. We 
have no business to put anything into it that 
would hurt it When we put liquor into our 
bodies it makes us excited, takes away our 
luiniln, and makes us do a good many things 
that we shall be sorry for. Let us read in 
rr.)verb8 2i}: 29 o5, aud see what the Bible 
says about drinking liquor. 



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Jail, 27, 1885. 



"The people that do know their God shall 
be strong and do exploits," 



Beg. J. M. Snyder, of Grundy Centre, la., 
wants the address of Daniel Deckert. Who 
will send it to him? 



Some one at Hillham, Ind,, sends us an or- 
der for some tracts, with fifty cents inclosed. 
No name is signed to the letter. Who sent 
it? 

Biio. Saylor, of Marshall Co., Iowa, at last 
accounts was holding meetings and preaching 
the Word at Grenola, Kan. Large congrega- 
tions and excellent interest is reported. 



Bbo. D. M. Miller is now in the mission 
field in Wisconsin. He will spend some time 
in Kiohland Co. Bro. D. M, is a fearless ex- 
pounder of the truth, and we hope to hear a 
good report of his work. 

The brethren are holding a series of meet- 
ings this week near Tifiin, Ohio. They have 
a good prayer-meeting in their congrega- 
tion, and we hope that much good may come 
from their efforts to forward the good cause. 

Bito, D, B, Gibson writes from Oakley, 111., 
that they are in the midst of a very interest- 
ing series of meetings. Large congregations. 
Sinners are coming to the Lord and the pros- 
pects are that more will come. Bro. Gibson's 
health has improved much of late, and he is 
again able to be out and at work for the Mas- 
ter. 

Do good to all men, as. you have opportun- 
ity, especially to those of the household of 
faith, and one of the ways of doing good is to 
get them to take the Messenger, It will 
come to them fifty times a year, laden with 
good news, and filled with spiritual food. 
Those who cannot get to meeting often, and 
have but little opportunity to hear preaching, 
need its help. Those who enjoy better spir- 
itual advantages need its help. Indeed all 
need it, for it is your paper, published for 
YOU, and every member of our church should 

TAKE IT and REAL) IT. 



It is said by those who have made a spec- 
ial study of the effects of strong drink, that 
at least 90 per cent of the crime and pauper- 
ism in our country is directly chargeable to 
the use of intoxicating liquors. 

The good work continues in Virginia, and 
we are made glad by the reports that come 
from there of sinners coming to God. Nine- 
teen were recently baptized in the Mill Creek 

congregation in Eockingham county, of that 
state. 

Eld. Abram Stamy, of Cedar Kapids, la., 
wishes to know the whereabouts' of one Mar- 
tin L, Browne, formerly of Troy, Ohio, or any 
of his family. Any information will be thank- 
fully received. Address Box 619, Cedar Kap- 
ids, Iowa. 

The Brethren in Tennessee have been en- 
joying a series of meetings, and at last ac- 
counts a number had united with the chi^rch. 
The meetings are to be continued, and we 
hope to hear more good news from that part 
of the Brotherhood. 



From a Florida paper we learn that our 
brother. Eld. S. T. Bosserman has been hold- 
ing meetings with the colored people in Flor- 
ida. Evidently Bro, Bossermau does not re- 
gard the color line so, strictly drawn in the 
South. Bro. Sammy, give us your experience 
among the sons of Ham. 



Bro. J. G, Royer preached an instructive 
discourse in the chapel last Sunday, from the 
words, "Choose you this day whom you will 
serve.'' He showed the importance of choos- 
ing to serve the Lord, and of making that 
choice now. Three of the students have 
made application to be baptized, and more 
are impressed with the necessity of giving 
their hearts to God, 



Beg, E. G, Zug, of McPherson, Kansas, 
writes that brother L. E. Fahrney, of Reno, 
Kan,, comes a distance of thirty- eight miles 
every four weeks to preach for them. He 
thinks much good might be accomplished if 
they could have a series of meetings. We 
hope Bro. Fahrney will fiod time to remain 
with the members of McPherson and give 
them a week's meeting. 



Bro. W. C. Teeter, of Kearney, Neb., paid 
us a pleasant visit last week. Bro. AVilliam 
has taken up a homestead near Sidney, in 
Neb., and he and sister Callie will move to 
their new home in the spring. A number of 
Brethren are going to the same place, and we 
hope to hear of a church being organized 
there in the near future. Bro. Teeter lived 
here several years, and we enjoyed meeting 
him again v.ery much. 

"The power of the pulpit depends upon 
the life of the preacher; on tho intensity and 
reality of his faith; on the vitality of his 
Cbristiau experience. Are you putting as 
much thought and study upon your life as 
you put upon your sermons? Do you realize 
that your sermon never can be anything more 
than an expression of your own spiritual life? 
This last question suggests the secret of all 
real power in the ministry." 



Subscribers are coming in very encourag- 
ingly, but some of our old subscribers have 
not yet renewed. We have printed a number 
of extra copies so that we are able to supply 
all back numbers for the current year. Those 
who have not yet renewed, by attending to it 
at once, can have the back numbers. 



Bbo. Isaac Godberry says that in company 
with Bro. J. J. Hoover and several other 
brethren, they visited the isolated members 
in Seward Co,, Neb,, and held eleven meet- 
ings. One was received by baptism and the 
members were much encouraged. Meetings 
were well attended and the interest good. 



A LIFE, consecrated wholly to the service of 
God, and to doing good to the children of 
rnen, is the richest heritage that a man or 
woman can enjoy in this world. And then it 
brings the certainty of a home in heaven, of 
eternal joys at the right hand of the Father. 
Here are the true riches. Here is something 
worth more than all the world can give. Will 
we not xiow consecrate our lives anew to the 
service of our Master? 



The Christian, from the day that he enters 
the church here below until he, like Paul, is 
ready to depart, has a continual coijflict with 
sin, and he may not hope to see a cessation 
of hostilities, until the Master shall say unto 
him, It is enough, come up higher. It is by 
constantly battling against wrong and the 
evils of life that we grow strong in the Lord, 
and in the end attain to the full stature of 
manhood in Christ Jesus. 



We frequently receive articles intended for 
publication in the Messenger without the 
names, of the writers. As we publish no 
anonymous communication in our paper, such 
articles all find their way into the waste bask- 
et. We have been compelled, for this cause, 
to reject some very well written essays and 
letters. Do not waste time, paper and post- 
age in writing to the Messenger unless you 
send your name with your communication. 



Bro. T. C. Wood writes that he has been 
laboring near Pittsylvania, Va., away from 
the main body of the Brethren, during the 
lasi year. He thinks the brethren ought to 
make an effort to preach to those who have 
not yet heard of them. He reports good 
meetings and much interest manifested on 
the part of the hearers. He will continue 
his labors there during this year, and asks an 
interest in the prayers of all of God's people. 



The subject at our prayer-meeting last 
Thursday evening was, "What are your pur- 
poses for this year?" We were made glad to 
hear so many say, that by the help of God, 
they would aim to live better and become 
stronger in the service of the Master. We 
all have some purpose for this y«ar, and what 
is it? Dear reader, ask yourself this ques- 
tion, and remember that upon it hang the 
issues of life and death. Upon the decision 
that you make now for the rest of the years 
of your life, depends the future destiny of 
your soul. May God help you all to decide 
wisely. 



THE GOSr^EL INIESSET^GER. 



07 



A GOOD course of religious reading, in con- 
nection with the Bible, is of a great impor- 
tance. We often are asked the question, 
What books shall we read? Some of our 
brethren are arranging a course of reading, 
selecting with great care the books to be us- 
ed and the number to be read. We hope that 
many may adopt a course of this kind. "Study 
to show thyself approved unto God," 



■ A BROTHER in the ministry writes, "I am 
not able to pay for the Messenger. So much 
of my time is taken up with my ministerial 
duties, that I have to economize all I can to 
support my family. I know that we shall 
feel lost without it, as we have taken the pa- 
per ever since it was first published. May 
the good Lord bless you in the noble work in 
which you are engaged." The brother shall 
not be deprived of the paper, and we have 
placed his name on the list for this year. 



The General Church Erection and Mis- 
sionary Committee have published a four 
page tract, explanatory of the missionary plan 
adopted by the Annual Meeting. It also con- 
tains the Scriptural plan of giving to the 
work of the Lord. It is intended for free 
distribution, and any brother or sister inter- 
ested in the great work of spreading the gos- 
pel, and assisting in the mission work of the 
church, will receive twenty copies of the 
tract by sending their address and a two cent 
stamp to D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, III, Sec- 
retary of the Committee, 



General Grant's name will always occupy 
a foremost place in history as one of the great 
men of this age. His financial troubles have 
aroused great sympathy for him, and these 
are now followed by bodily ills caused by the 
excessive use of tobacco. He has been for 
years a great smoker. His physicians are 
now prescribing medicine to get the nicotine 
(tobacco poison) out of his system, and have 
forbidden his smoking almost entirely. The 
general obeyed and quit smoking entirely, 
and it is said he is improving in health. It 
is never too late to do well, but there are 
doubtless thousands of young men using the 
poisonous weed to-day who were led to it by 
the example of Grant and other men who fill 
high stations in life. The moral obligation 
for leading these into a bad habit will not be 
so easily settled. We should be exceedingly 
careful of the example we give to those around 
us, for our influence lives after we are dead. 



MISSION FUNDS. 



Some of the brethren have inquired why 
the money collected for the missionary work 
of the church is not used for that work in- 
stead of placing part of it at interest, refer- 
ring to the report of Dhc. Ist, published in 
Messenger No. 49, 1884. The reason for 
this will be understood by reading the follow- 
ing explanation. The Committee meets four 
times a year, and no money is paid out ex- 
cept by their vote. It will be noticed that 
the report referred to was made just before 
the meeting of the Committee, and the men- * 



ey that had been collected from the date of 
the previous meeting was on hand, and so it 
will always be. The money that is received 
by the Treasurer for the three months be- 
tween the meetings will necessarily be on 
hand at the time of meeting. It is this ac- 
cumulation that is placed on interest, subject 
to the call of the Coilimittge. The only way 
to prevent this accumulation would be for 
the Committee to meet oftener, but for the 
present it is deemed best to meet quarterly. 
There is also a Danish building fund in the 
hands of the Treasurer. This money was 
given expressly for the building of a meet- 
ing-house in Denmark, and the Committee 
have no power to use it for any other purpose. 
Donations are sent in for this fund, and it 
now amounts to over $700. This hum is plac- 
ed at interest until such time as enough can 
be raised to build the house, which, it is to be 
hoped, will be not far in the future. This ex- 
planation is made for the benefit of those who 
have inquired, and we are glad that the in- 
quiry was made. It shows that our Breth- 
ren are interested in the work of the Commit- 
tee, and this is right. The church has plac- 
ed upon the Committee heavy responsibilities, 
and we believe that we speak the sentiment 
of each member comprising the board when 
we say that we are thankful for inquiries, 
suggestions and advice. 



QUEKY. 



"Will some brother g've through the Messenger an 
explanation of Luke 5: 36?" 

The language referred to above is also 
found in Matt. 9: 14- l7; Mark 2: 18-2, and is 
given by the Savior in his answer to the ques- 
tion of John's disciples: "Why do we and the 
Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?" 
Commentators difi'er as to the meaning of the 
answer given to this question, some holding 
that the Savior intended to teach that his dis- 
ciples were not yet strong enough to fast; 
and others that his teaching here is to warn 
us not to accept any doctrine but his own. 
This last view seems most reasonable to us. 

It was the custom of the Pharisees to fast at 
least twice a week, and John, who was now 
doubtless in prison, had not felt authorized 
to change this custom, and it was followed by 
his diciples. Christ, in answering the ques- 
tion, used three illustrations, drawn from ob- 
jects with which they were all familiar, in 
order to show them that there should be a 
propriety, a fitness and a suitableness observ- 
ed in all things. First, the bridegroom and 
his friends; second, the putting of new cloth 
unto an old garment, and third, the putting 
of new wine into old bottles. He would say 
to them that it is not fit nor proper that the 
friends of the bridegroom should fast while he 
is with them; it was to be a timo for festivity, 
for feasting and rejoicing, and among the 
people in Palestine the marriage ceremony 
is, even to this day, i)bstrvid with great feast- 
ing, hilarity and every evidence of joy. Fast- 



ing and mourning here would not be fit or 
proper, but when the bridegroom is taken 
away, then will come the proper time for sor- 
row. The time would come when he should 
be taken away from his disciples, then would 
come to them deep grief and sorrow, and 
then it would be fit for them to fast. 

So, too, in regard to putting a piece of new 
cloth unto an old garment; it is not a proper 
or a wise thing to do. The new, being strong, 
and the old worn and weak, not sufficiently 
strong to hold the stitches by which the new 
is attached to it, it is torn away and the rent 
is much larger than it was before. Barnes, 
in his notes, says, that the word translated 
new here meaps in the original, undressed, 
not fulled by the cloth dresser. In this con- 
dition, when put to the old cloth, when it 
would get wet it would contract or shrink and 
so tear away from the old garment, making 
the rent worse. "S •, says he, my new doc- 
trines do not mafch with the old rites of the 
Pharisees; and if my neto doctrines were at- 
tached to their old ones it would only make 
matters worse." 

The thought is carried further by using 
the illustration of putting new wine into old 
bottles. When we visited Palestine we found 
that the same kind of bottles are used there 
to-day that were used in our Savior's time. 
They are made of leather and oftener of the 
untanned skin of goats. The skin is remov- 
ed from the animal by cutting it as little as 
possible. The necessary cutting is sewed up 
tightly, except at the neck, which is left open 
and serves as a mouth to the bottle. When 
filled with wine or oil the neck is ti?d tightly 
with a strong cord and the liquid is secure. 
When these skins or bottles become old, they 
lose their elasticity, become hard and are 
easily broken. To put new wine into them 
is to lose both wine and bottles. New wine 
ferments and expands, and hence must be 
put into bottles that are flexible, and will al- 
so expand so that the wine may be saved. 
The propriety and fitness of such a course 
would be readily apparent to those who 
heard the Savior. They well understood the 
illustrations, and at once saw the force of the 
argument. 

The lesson that we should draw from this 
passage of Scripture is the foolishness of try- 
ing to take into our hearts and lives any oth- 
er doctrine than that of Christ. We must 
accept His teaching to the exclusion of all 
others. We cannot take the traditions of 
man, and the doctrine of the world and place 
them with the teaching of Christ. Such a 
course will not save us. Christ and his teach- 
ings alone can do the work of regeneration. 
We cannot serve God and mammon. We 
cannot walk with Christ and with the world 
at the same time. Aud so Chriht teaches us 
that it is not fit or meet that the old doctrines 
of the Pharisees shouKI be connected in any 
w-ty with his new and holy teaching. For in 
Him "all things are become new," 



58 



THE aOSFEL AIESSEIN^OEK. 



LErVVES FKOM OUll NOTE-BOOK. 

— "We know some of our brethren, who are 
in business, say they cannot attend the week- 
ly prayer- meeting. This, we think, is a mis- 
take. It should be a part of every Chris- 
tian's business to attend the prayer-meeting. 
It is worthy of a place on the list of engage- 
ments of every business man. An hour 
spent in the prayer-meeting, each week, gives 
him a rest from his many cares, and prevents 
his business from killing his religion. Men 
who become so engrossed in their business 
as to neglect the services of the church, soon 
become weak and sickly Christians. Better 
close up business early on prayer-meeting 
evening, even if you should lose a sale or 
two. If you go to the meeting in the right 
spirit, the supply of grace you receive, will 
doubly repay you for what you may lose fi- 
nancially. Then, too, it will be a great help 
to the cause of Christ in a community, when 
Christian business men honor him and his 
church, by making Christian duty as sacred, 
at least, as any business engagement. Think 
of this, brethren. Do not let your business 
interests deaden your iuflaence for Christ. — 
Place the prayer-meeting on your list of reg- 
ular engagements for the coming year. 

— Unity of purpose is the secret of success. 
There are so many who do not seem to believe 
this, yet its truth is so frequently illustrated 
in the business affairs of life. Men who try 
to do so many things at once, and divide 
their energies, are seldom successful. This 
is also true in our Christian work. It re- 
quires the concentration of our energies. — 
Hence Paul warned Timothy not to attempt 
to be two men, but to "give himstlf wholly 
to the work of the ministry." We have heard 
it said of some of our brethren, "They are 
good preachers, but poor business men." — 
Yes, verily so. The two rarely go together, 
especially if business is made of first impor- 
tance. 

— The editor of the Baptist Weekly writes 
an article on "Diminished Church Attend- 
ance," and among the many reasons for it, 
thinks high pew rent and the ordinary ex- 
penses of running the church have much to 
do with it. In this he is surely right. Per- 
sons with a moderate income cannot endure 
the many demands that are made of them, 
for the support of the church, in our large 
cities. The result is, they remain away from 
the house of woraliip. Tbis fact should im- 
press our bretlircn with the importance of 
laboriu;^ to establisli churches in the cities. 
There are thousamls of persons in the cities 
■who would gladly attend a plain church, if 
they hnd an opp )rtunity, and would be wil- 
ling to contribute within their means for 
their support. It seems to u-*, that it is time 
that the Brethren are wakiug up to the im- 
purtfiuce of thib matter. Tbe church has a 
work to do in the cities as well as lu the coun- 
try. 



— A ISuAUP Rebukk.— A ceifain mfidtl, wbowaKa 
blacksuiitli, was in the habit, wtien a Christian man came 
to hi< .shop, of asking some one of tiie workmen if th>'y 
had heard of brorher So-and bo, and what he had done 
They would say no, what was it? Then he wi uld be<£in 
and tell "^iaat .~orac Christian bioth<'i, or deacon, or min- 
ister had done, and then laugh and say, " That is one of 
their fine Christians we hear ^o much about." 

An old gentleman — an emmeiit Chrjstum — one day 
went into the shop; and the.infidel soon began about 
what -ome Christians lAd done, and seemed to have a 
good time over it. The old deacon stood a few moments 
and listened, and then quickly asked the infidd if he had 
read the story m the Bible about the rich man and Laza- 
rus ? 

"Yes, many a time, and what of if?" 

" Well, you remember about the dogs, how they came 
and licked the si)re< of Lazarus'? Now," said the di-acon, 
"do you know you ju-t remind me of those dog?', content 
to merely lick the Christian's sores?" 

The blacksmith grew suddenly pensive, and hasn't 
had much to say about failing Christians s'nce. — Ex. 

There are more persons than infidels who 
are content to lick the sores of Christians. 
Even some professed Christians are content 
to lick the sores of their fellow-Christians. 
i^ — We heartily approve of brother G. W. 
Fesler's idea of meeting the expenses of our 
A. M., in No. 2. There is no reason why a 
big debt should be thrown upon the district 
in which it is held. We understand the Mid- 
dle District of Pennsylvania contemplates 
holding the meeting for 1885. We hope it 
will arrange to make the meeting self-sup- 
porting. No further debts should be made 
by the district, until the Altoona meeting- 
house is paid for. It is the opinion of a 
great many brethren, that we could do without 
one, for at least a year; at any rate it should 
not be in the way of our church enterprises, 
that have for their object the promotion of 
the cause and the conversion of precious 
souls. J. B. B. 

CHIPS FROM THE WOKK-HOUSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



Why an unbaptized person should fancy 
his sins pardoned; I do not understand; and 
why any minister of the gospel or church 
shoukl require of a penitent, unbaptized per 
son a statement that he has experienced the 
pardon of his sins before baptizing him, is a 
great mystery to me; seeing that there is 
neither precept nor example for it in the Bi- 
ble. Beginning with the baptism of John, 
we trace the following clear and plain teach- 
ing in the New Testament: "John did bap 
tizt) in the wilderness, and preach the bap- 
tism of repentance for the remission of sins." 
Mark 1: 7. "And he came into all the coun- 
tiy about Jordan, preaching the baptism of 
rt'pButance for the remisKiou of sins." Luke 
3: 3. To the believing PeutecoBtiaus, Peter 
said, "Ei^pent and be baptizHd, every one of 
you, in the name of Jesus Clirist for the re- 
mission of sius, and you shall receive the 
gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2: 38. Ana- 
nias said to the prnying, believing, penitent 
S-iul of THrsus, "Why tarriest tliouV Arise 
Hud be baptized, and- wanh awny your sins, 
i"iliMig npiiu tUe name of the Lord." Acts 
22: IG. Tliough ho whs b. lieviug, penitent 
and praying, yet his sins must be waslied 



away in baptism. If the idea be correct, that 
sins are pardoned before baptism, then Peter 
should have said, "Repent and be baptized, 
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, 
because your sins have been pardoned," and 
Ananias should have said, "Why tarriest 
thou? Arise and be baptized, because your 
sins have been wathed away." But they did 
not say it. 

In Eph. 5: 26, we have the declaration of 
the Holy Spirit that Christ "sanctifies and 
cleanses his church with the washing of wa- 
ter by the Word." What a clasU, then, to 
declare that he does it by faith only; without 
the washing of water by the Word. As Naa- 
man must dip himself seven times in Jordan, 
before the Lord would wash away his lepro- 
sy, and the blind man wash in the pool of 
Siloam, before the Lord would open his eyes 
and wash away his blindness, so must the 
sinner not only believe and repent, but also 
be baptized for the remission of his sins, be- 
fore he reaches the point of pardon. "He 
that believeth and is baptized, shall be sav- 
ed." "Except a man be born of water and of 
the spirit, he Cdnnot enter the kingdom of 
God," which means, in plain English, except 
a man be begotten by the word of truth, and 
be baptized, he cannot enter the kingdom of 
God. How unsafe, and even wicked, in the 
face of all this, to teach that he can. Instead 
of keeping anxious, penitepit sinners praying, 
for days and weeks, at a mourner's bench, 
for the pardon of their sins, (a process not 
mentioned in the Bible) tell them at once 
the Lord's plain, definite terms as Peter gave 
them to the Pentecostians in the following 
words, "Repent and be baptized, every one 
of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the 
remission of sins." This is plain. This they 
could do. This they did do. Three thou- 
sand of them. Did it the same day, and be- 
came children of God. How shall they be 
baptized? shall be the next. 

MY THOUGHTS. 



BY E. A. OBR. 



Number 3. 

Again I am in the hotel, and am writing. 
And what about? — do you say. Just a few 
moments ago I heard a sound as of a father 
beating a son, and the sound was not mis- 
leading. The son needed a chastisement, 
and that af tet the old style. You ask, "What 
was wrong? I dare say enough was wrong. 
It was all wrong, with no compensating good. 
This son, a small boy, bad pilfered some ci- 
gars. Think of it! It makes one shudder! 
What is to be his end? Solemn question. 
A sigh! A groan!! Bat all to little purpose. 
Sighs, nor groans, nor tears can affect such 
hearts. "The rod is for the back of the fool," 
says the wise man, but there is one sad thing 
about this rod business. It is so sadly neg- 
lected, when it would do good, that, when, in 
after years, it is used, it only affects the back; 
has about the same efft-ct as goading a mule. 
The pain is all of the "earth, eaitJ^y," nnd 
does not touch the couhcieuce. Just so it 
was with this boy. Jubt so it is with too 
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and that is not the woist of it, either. See 
what he steals, — cigars, — tobacco; — that 
which leaves him worse for its use. The 
same boy, doubtless, would cot dare to steal 
bread. Where the differeuce? The demon 
appetite he has acquired has him in hold, and 
leads him into such dire mischief. Here is 
a loud lesson for those who use the weed. ■ — 
Especially is it such for those who are in po- 
sitions of influence. Teachers, preachers, 
see yourselves once! I saw a preacher once 
who was so vehement in his fight against 
"The World, The World;' that he took off 
his coat and went into the tight, "with his 
sleeves up." He was so nice, and hated all 
things down here below so much, that I was 
made to think like Paul: "He must needs go 
out of the world." 1 was in the pulpit, too, 
and I had a very sensible smell of tobacco as 
the fire grew hotter against "T/te World." 
It is all right to fight "//<e World" but it 
makes me feel, oh! so bad, to hear a man 
abuse this old world, and, at the same time, 
carry it in his pocket, his mouth and his 
pipe. I had just preached on the text, 
"Through you the name of God is blasphem- 
ed among the Gentiles." The next morning, 
when I discovered the pipe-stem protrudiug 
from the above preacher's pocket, I thought. 
Truly, the name of God is often blasphemed 
by us, as well as by the Jews, to whom Paul 
was writing. "Thou that preachest, 'thou 
shalt not steal,' dost thou steal?' Eschew, 
not chew the evil thing. 

COKKESPONDENCE. 

. * — ^^-^— — _^_— ^. 

As cold water to a thirety eoul. 8o is good news from a far 
country. 

From Asliljiiid, O. 



Dear Brethren: — 

We returned, last evening, from a series of 
meetings in the Black River church, Medina 
Co., p. Had bad roads nearly all the time, 
yet fair congregations and excellent attention. 
Four souls confessed the Lord in baptism, 
and quite a number have promised to come 
before long. We find the church in love, 
harmony and peace, comparatively speaking. 
They had received four additions in the 
fall, and are now looking forward to greater 
prosperity the present year. We rejoice to 
hear good news through the G. M. from the 
churches. I. D, Parker, 

Jan. H. 

Coi gratulatory. 



Dear Messenger: — 

I HAVE read with pleasure, in your first 
issue of this year, the sincere acknowledg- 
ment made by Bro. M. M. Eshelman, and 
have spoken to some brethren about it, who 
also have read it, and they all appreciate it 
very much. It shows that he was not obsti 
nate as some others have been, but that he 
all the while has been wishing to put himself 
in a better light before the Brotherhood. — 
Bro. Eshelman has gained much confidence 
among the God-born, cross-bearing and self 
sacrificing brethren, by this act of humilia- 
tion. To err is human, and fallibility is the 



lot of all men, but the greatness of man is 
seen when he humbly acknowledges his 
faults. This humiliation, on the part of Bro. 
Eshelman, will restore him to great confi- 
dence among the Brethren. 1 have no doubt 
there are some brethren, over the wide 
Brotherhood, who ought to do the same 
thing, perhaps not in so public a way, but be- 
fore their congregation, in order to restore 
confidence fiud good feeling to such as were 
grieved. Many of tboee, who have gone 
away with the fflctionp, might be shining 
lights in the church to-day, if they had been 
willing to humble themselves and acknowl- 
edge their faults. Stubbornness is as the 
sin of witchcraft, and has been the cause of 
many a one suffering shipwreck, but humili- 
ty, like godliness, is great gain. 

Jas. Y. Heckler. 
Harleysville, Pa. 



From Mt. Zion Clmicli, O. 



As I have not noticed anything in your 
columns from this part of God's moral vine- 
yard, for a long time, I will give you a shoYt 
sketch of our late meeting. On Dec. 22, Eld. 
Silas Hoover came to us, and remained one 
week. He preached ten sermons in all, which 
were highly appreciated. He proclaimed the 
truths of the gospel of the Son of God with 
great power and zeal. He entered the ranks 
of the enemy without flinching, and, with 
"the sword of the Spirit," battled for the 
king's saints. He portrayed, to his hearers, 
the grand and glorious theme, "Salvation to 
all who believe and obey the commands of 
our Savior." Many, we think, were made to 
tremble, while some sought refuge under the 
blood-stained banner of King Emmanuel. — 
What a joy it was to see dear ones coming to 
the Savior. Seven were buried in the icy 
water, and rose to walk in newness of life. — 
Two of the young sisters had made applica- 
tion prior to the coming of brother H. All 
were very loth to see our dear brother leave 
us. Will gladly welcome him back any time. 
His theme, on Saturday night, was, "The five 
crossing lines;" Sunday, "Similarity between 
Moses and" Christ;" Sunday night, "Six steps 
to the throne;" Monday, "The new way." — 
He painted us a grand picture of this way. 
"It is a new, a living, a plain, a pleasant, and 
a safe way," and then the joy, the happiness, 
and endless bliss at the terminus of this new 
way. Monday night he discoursed from Ps. 
92: 12, 13, and, as all good ministers do, he 
reserved the cream for the last, but want of 
time forbid comments on it. 

Alice J. Boone. 

Mineral Point, ()., Jan. S. 



From Tippecanoe City, l>Iiaiiii Co., O. 



Arrived home yesterday evening, from 
my second visit to the Fall Creek church, 
lud., where I was two weeks. Had meetings 
in the church east of Middletown, nine days.' 
Immediate result was six baptized, and muny 
more said they would come soon, if 1 would 
return again The church is much revived. 
The members have much to encourage them 
now. They have intelligent, young members 



to help them in the good work. Went to 
Middletown on Tuesday. Had meetings in 
the new church till Sunday evening. Two 
more were baptized, an old man sixty-six 
years old and nearly blind, and his wife; al- 
so one applicant for baptism next Sunday. — 
This makes twenty-three by baptism, in the 
two visits at this place, which caused great 
joy among the members, and sinners to trem- 
ble. Many of them said, "Come back in the 
spring, and I will be ready to go with the 
people of God." May the Lord help them 
to remember their promise and carry it out, 
is my prayer. Jos. Holder. 

Jan. 7. 

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From the Yerinilliou Church, 111. 



Bro. Thos. D. Lyon, of Hudson, III , com- 
menced a series of meetings here, Jan. 2 He 
preached, all together, five sermons. He la- 
bored faithfully in the Master's cause, and 
preached the word with power. There were 
no accessions, but we believe his labor is not 
in vain, for, we think, he left some good im- 
pressions, which will not soon be forgotten. 
Oq the fifth, we met in council. One that 
had strayed away, came back to the fold — 
Miythe good Lord help him to hold out 
faithful the few more days he has to live. — 
Brother Daniel Hurshey was advanced to 
the second degree of the ministry. May he 
prove faithful to his calling. Bro. Daniel 
Mast will leave us soon, so that will throw 
all the burden of preaching on Bro Hurshey- 
Brethren, come and assist him whenever yo u 
can. MoLLiE Keiser. 



From State Center, Iowa. 



To-DAY we held our quarterly council. — 
Had a very pleasant meeting. We expect 
Bro. Jesse Calvert, the lasL of this month, to 
assist us in holding a series of meetings. — 
We truly need a revival. Hope our mem- 
bers will take a deep interest in so glorious 
a work. We need the prayers of the faith- 
ful every-where, and to God we look and 
pray to bless us in our efforts. 

S. Beeghly. 

Jan. 3. ' 

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From A.bilene, Kan. 



Our councfl-meeting in this, the Abilene, 
congregation, was held on last Saturday, the 
3rd inst. All passed off' in love and harmony. 
The church located a site for building a meet- 
ing-house, and the 2nd of February was set 
apart for making arrangements to build. So- 
you see we are trying to keep the ark mov-- 
ing. Wo ask an interest in the prayers of 
all, in our behalf. J. H. Baker. 



From Flora, Ind. 



I am at this place, engaged in holding a 
series of meetings. Commenced New Year's 
night. The interest ami congregations have 
btvu all that could be expected, considering 
the weather and roads, the house, pirt of the 
time, being full. This is iu the Btchelor's 
Ruu congregation. J. C. Mcrhay. 

Jan. 7. 



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THE OOSPEL MESSElSrOEB. 



Coiu/iiittee Report. 



The Miesion Board of Northern III., met 
in session, Jan. 5. All members were pres- 
ent. Oq motion, agreed to send two breth- 
ren to Bureau Co., 111., to hold a series of 
meetings. On motion, agreed to respond to 
the call for a series of meetings in Marbhall 
Co., 111. On motion, agreed to try and es- 
tablish a meeting in the city of Chicago, and 
send brethren there to preach the gospel. — 
No other business before the meeting, on 
motion, adjourned. 

By Order of Committee, 

C. P. KOWLAND. 



Notes of Travel. 



On the 19th of November last, when Bro. 
John Forney and I were on our way to Eeno 
county, to attend meetings, we had, an ap- 
pointment in McPherson county for the 
eveuing. When we came there, we learned 
that our brother, Jacob Appier, had died 
about 3 P. M , and we were requested to re- 
main the next day to attend the funeral ser- 
vices, which were held in the Baptist church. 
Bro. Jacob Appier had his membership in 
the Pipe Creek church, Maryland, until the 
last few years, when he had taken up his 
abode in Ilussel Co., Kan. Last spring he 
moved to McPherson, where he had a son 
living. His wife was in delicate health, and 
about three weeks before his death, she de- 
parted this life. The two were laid side by 
side in a beautiful cemetary, near the town of 
McPherson. I have _ been acquainted with 
Bro. Appier for many years, and always 
found him faithful to the cause of the Mas- 
ter, as far as my knowledge extend^^d, filling 
his place in the church, and manifesting a 
deep interest in the preached word. It 
would have afi'orded me great pleasure to 
have met with him before his death, as I was 
not aware of his being in the state. His age 
was sixty-eight years, eleven months and ten 
days. , J. D. Tkostle. 



From Oakley Church, 111. 



This is the western part of the Cerro Gordo 
church, which was divided a few months ago. 
At our council yesterday, we agreed to make 
the name '"Oakley" permanent. Henceforth, 
it will be known as the Oikley church, Ma- 
con Co., 111. Oji New Year's Day, we met 
in council to consider the propriety of hold- 
ing an election for a deacon, which was done 
yesterday. Brethren Nickey and Bingaman 
were advanced from the first degree of the 
ministry to the second. May the grace of 
God be bountifnlly bestowed upon these 
brethren, that they may prove faithful to 
their cilling, ia ray heart-felt prayer. Oar 
brethren felt it their duty to throw in their 
mite for the missionary cause, which I send 
herewith. I am glad to note that I found 
some very liberal donors. God will bless 
you for your liberality. "Wniald to God that 
our whole fraternity could be awakened to 
the duty of contributing more freely to this 
noble cause! Dear brethren, do we not all, 
occaaional.y, when in prayer to God, send 



forth a petition in behalf of our brother 

Hope, and all other faithful brethren in the 

same work? Do we not pray for the spread 

ing of Christ's Kingdom far and wide? Yes, 

I am persuaded we should do, and it surely 

is a great comfort to our missionary brethren 

to have the thought dwelling within them, 

that they are remembered by the church. — 

While the brethren need our prayers for the 

advancement of the work, they also need to 

be supported fiuaucially. Let us, then, not 

only love in "word and in tongue," but in 

"deed and in truth." Bro. D. B. Gibson is, 

at present, holding meetings in the town of 

O/ikley, at the Union meeting-house. May 

his labors be crowned with success, is my 

prayer. E. W. Huffoed. 

Jem. !>. 

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From Mill Creek Congregation, Va. 



The New Year opens with a continuation 
of the good work in our Valley. The Mill 
Creek congregation was favored with the ser- 
vices of brethren E. L. Brower and H. C. 
Early, of Augusta county, at the close of the 
old and opening of the new year. Meetings 
continued about ten days, with nineteen ad- 
ditions, and a general renewal of energies. — 
Fourteen of the above number were baptized 
on New Year's Day. May others follow 
them in the good cause, is our earnest desire. 

S. F. Sanger. 

Jan. 14. 

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From Raccoon Creek Church, Ind. 



Since the last report from our congrega- 
tion, one was received by letter. Bro. Rob- 
ert Goshorn met with us on the 4th inst., and 
preached four sermons, from which no atten- 
tive listener could fail to receive benefit. — 
The weather was not the most favorable, and 
the congregations were not what they should 
have been. Too many "forget the assem- 
bling of themselves together." To those who 
did not forget, we wish to say, let us so con- 
duct ourselves that others will see it was 
good for us to be there, and that all may see 
wfc have been learning of Jesus. 

Salome A. Stoneb. 

Jan. a. 

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At Home Again. 



Dear Brethren: 

By the request of the brethren, I give 
an account of my trip to Washington Co., Md. 
I left home Dec. 1, and arrived at Hagers- 
town the next day. I was taken to Bro. N. 
Martin's, about three-fourths of a mile from 
town. Bro. Mai tin is one of the elders in 
the Welsh Run congregation, and he and his 
family know how to make brethren feel at 
home. On the evening of the 2ud of De- 
cember, in company with Bro. M., we went 
to the placf) of meeting, known as the Broad- 
fyrding meeting-house. Here 1 preached 
for two weeks, to large and attentive congre- 
gations. The interest of the meetings in- 
creased until the close. The church was 
much revived, and ten precious souls were 
baptized into the fold. Returning home, I 
stopped with the brethren of Uniontown, 



Fayette Co., Pa., and preached for them in 
their new meeting-house, morning and even- 
ing. The next day I continued my journey 
home, where I arrived in due time, and 
found all well, and was glad, indeed, to meet 
with my dear family and others. And now, 
dear brethren and sisters, I thank you for 
the love and kindness shown to me at 
Broadfording. I feel that we all ought to 
take a deeper interest in the welfare of the 
church, and spare no time or pains in de- 
claring the truths of the gospel in their sim- 
plicity, so that the power thereof may have 
its effect. 

I notice an article in the the Messenger 
by Bro. I. J. Rosenberger, in regard to the 
great number attending our A. M. We agree 
with him, and can say, that we love the. 
brethren, and would like to have the A. M. 
come to us, but we cannot provide for the 
vast amount of people who come. Would it 
not be well for Annual Meeting to take into 
consideration the matter of making a change, 
so as to lessen the labors of the brethren 
who take the meeting? I suggest the fol- 
lowing plan for the consideration of the 
brethren, and if others have plans, let them 
be given: Inasmuch as the delegate system 
has been adoi)ted by Annual Meeting, let the 
brethren, who make the arrangements for 
the meeting, provide for the Standing Com- 
mittee and Delegates, and let all others, who 
may attend Annual Meeting, secure lodging 
and boarding to the best advantage they can. 

Solomon Bucklew. 
Clifton Mills, Va. 



From William's Creek Church, Texas. 



Bro. S. S. Mohler came to us on the 27th 
of November. By the preaching of the 
Word, three souls were made willing to be 
buried with Christ in baptism, to walk in 
newness of life. We met in council the 3rd 
and 4th of December. We chose Bro. John 
Wise, of Sumner Co., Kan., for our elder, as 
Bro. Henry Gephart is going away, and we 
have no minister. We held our communion- 
meeting on the 6 th of December. We wish 
that some minister would move in, that is 
full of the Holy Ghost, and an able defender 
of the gospel. Bro. Mohler's labors were 
much appreciated, both by the members and 
spectators. Truly, "the harvest is great and 
the laborers are few." We desire the pray- 
ers of the Brotherhood. G. W. Rogers. 

Dec. i-S, 1SS4. 



From West Nimii$hilleii, Stark Co., O. 



Our series of meetings began the 11th, and 
closed the 16th, with the best of Christian 
feeling. The weather was a little disagreea- 
ble at times; however, this did not seem to 
afi'ect the attendance. The majority of those 
present were young people. Good order was 
maintained, and the attention was very good. 
Brethren Noah Longanecker and Conrad 
Kahler labored for us during these meetings. 
The brethren and sisters were heartily ad- 
monished to continue faithful in the Mas- 
ter's cause until death. 1 think most of us 
have felt that we sometimes have not been 
zealous enough in the good work. 



THE aOSFEL MESSEISraER. 



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The Savior said, "I came not to call the 
righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 
5: 32. This was not forgotten in these meet- 
ings. The sinner was warned of his condi- 
tion. I think impressions were made that 
are lasting. The Savior loved sinners, and 
still loves them. He loves their souls. How 
was it when he stood on Mount Olivet and 
looked over the wicked people? Luke 19:41, 
42.. "And when he was come near, he be- 
held the city, and wept over it, saying. If 
thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this 
thy day, the things which belong unto thy 
peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." 
This shows Christ's sympathizing heart. If 
the Savior wept, is it any wonder that we, 
who have been in his service for some time, 
and have experienced some of his goodness, 
should weep for those who are yet living in 
sin? We are to become more like our Sav- 
ior every day we labor in his vineyard. I be- 
lieve we will grow in spiritual things just in 
proportion to the exercise, or the spiritual 
food that we digest. We are to feast on 
God'e word. The Christian must pray. He 
cannot live without prayer. Then, every 
year we live in God's service, sins will be- 
come burdensome to our own soul. We will 
put forth greater efforts to win sinners to 
Christ, and have them "worship in the beau- 
ty of holiness." 

During our meetings, we believe God was 
present with us. Five precious souls were 
persuaded "to denounce Satan and all his 
wicked ways," and enlifet under the banner of 
King Emmanuel. Why should we use the 
best part of our lives in Satan's army, and 
a few days, weeks and years only, for the 
Lord ? Tt) whom do we look for the reward ? 
There are others who have been attending 
our meetings, and we believe the Savior was 
knocking at the door of their hearts. Oh, 
may the members try and show, by their con- 
duct, that it is good to be an adopted child 
of God, and thus draw others into the fold. 

E. S. Young. , 



From Center, Pa. 



As many of our friends requested us to 
let them hear from us, while on our trip, I 
will try and do so through the paper. I am 
at my natural brother's house, in Juniata 
Co. Yesterday, was on the ground located 
by our Locating Committee for holding next 
A. M., and think it a nice ground. AVe have 
had a very nice visit so far; hope it may con- 
tinue. Have had excellent health. Our trip 
has caused many pleasant recollections, and 
also some sad ones. While at Newton, Ham- 
ilton Co., we visited the last resting places 
of our aged parents, in the Presbyterian 
Cemetery. We want to try and be home by 
the middle of February, or as near that time 
as possible. A. Van Dyke. 

•Ian. 17. 

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From Bncliclor's Kiiii, Ind. 



Ouii church is in peace and union, as far 
as wo know. We feel much built up when 
we read the encouraging news from all parte 
of the Brotherhood. Brother J. C. Murray, 



of North Manchester, Indiana, came tons on 
the first of January and preached each even- 
ing till the eleventh, in our new meeting- 
house in Flora. Brother Murray is a good 
speaker, and labored very earnestly in the 
Master's cause. The members were encour- 
aged to press forward in theii duty to their 
Creator and their fellow- men, and sinners 
were warned to flee the wrajth to come. — 
There was quite a stir in the comxnunity. 
We hope that the good seed sown may take 
root and be watered with the dews of heaven, 
and bring forth abundant fruit. May the 
blessings of God attend our brother in his 
every effort to do good, is our humble prayer. 
Come again, brother J. C. Murray. 

R. Callane. 
Jan. 19, 1885. 



From Tiillahoma, Coffee Co., Tenn. 



Dear Messenger: — 

We are having a pleasant season in 
Tennessee, very little cold weather. The 
thermometer was down to zero once in De- 
cember, but since then it has been warm, and 
farmers are plowing for spring grain. Oar 
country is fast filling uy with people from 
the North, and we are glad to see them come. 
Tbere are only five members living here, and 
we are anxious to hear the word of God 
preached by, the brethren. We hope some 
of our ministers will visit us and preach for 
our little flock. I believe much good might 
be done here, if we had a minister. Who 
will come? Write to mo, and, if answers are 
req aired, enclose a stamp. 

J. D. Kauffman. 

Jan. a. 

i » ■ 

From Falliug Spring- Congreg-atioti, Pa. 



Bbo. S. H. Utz, of Frederick, Md., came to 
us Dec. 27, and returned home Jan. 5. He 
preached nine interesting sermons at the 
Shady Grove church, two at the Hade church 
and one at the Antrim church. We hope 
many lasting impressions were made. On 
the 4th, after services, one brother was bur- 
ied with Christ in baptism. AVe think many 
more are counting the cost. We expect Bro. 
Flory to come and preach for us before long. 
AVe need brethren to help our little band 
along. AVe desire an interest in the prayers 
of those who know the worth of prayer, that 
we .1 ay ever be found faithful, and not be- 
come weary iu well-doing, and especially in 
behalf of our few ministering brethren. 

ScsAN I. Etter. 
Jan. 7. 

, ■ » t 

From AlitUlle Creek, Pa. 



The Messenger is a weekly visitor at our 
home. I think 1 could not do without it. — 
Bro Solomon Bucklew came to our place on 
the 25th of Oijtober, and preached one week 
at the Grove church. It did us good to have 
him i)reach to us again. He preaclied with 
power and earnestness. I think I shall 
never forget his last sermon. His text was, 
"1 have piped unto you and ye have not 
danced." One young sister camo out and 
was baptized. Good impressions were made. 



and some were almost persuaded. With re- 
gret we had to give the parting hand. On 
the 29th of November, Bro. Detweiler, from 
Johnstown, came to the Fairview church and 
preached one week for us. From here he 
went to the Pleasant Hill church, also in our 
district, and held one week's meetings. Both 
of those brethren shunned not to declare the 
whole counsel of God, and left good impres- 
sions, and built up the church. Come again, 
brethren. Our church is in union, which, I 
think, is a great blessing. Kate JonNSON. 



From Edna MilLs, Intl. 



On Dec. 27, I went to Hamilton Co., Ind. 
Commencad meeting not far from Barton- 
ville, where only a few members are living. 
Held eleven meetings. Baptized one while 
there, on Friday. A few more applicants 
were baptized on Sunday. On Saturday, 
went to the Arcadia church, and met with 
the members iu council. Stayed over San- 
day with them. Held three meetings while 
there. May the blessings of the Lord rest 
upon those that were baptized, is our prayer. 

J. W. Metzgeb. 



From Pyrniont, lutl. 



Our much beloved brother, Noah Fisher, 
came to us and held forth the word of life 
in its simplicity and power, remaining until 
the 5th of January. The attendance was not 
so large at first, on account of bad roads, 
but, as the interest increased, the last meet- 
ings were largely atten'ded. One soul was 
made willing to forsake sin, and be baptized, 
to walk in newness of life, we trust. May 
the good seed sown spring up and bring 
forth fruit that may be gathered not many 
days hence. May the choicest of God's bless- 
ings ever remain with our beloved brother 
in every effort for good. Isaac Wagoner. 

Dec. SO, 1SS4. 



From Hazel Dell, 111. 



Bro. Tobias Krider, from D.irke Co.,0., 
came to make us a visit, and preach fcr us a 
few times. He arrived here Dec. 19, and 
stayed with us till Christmas Day. Preach- 
ed seven sermons, proclaiming the gospel 
truths to the few members and neighbors 
that .came to hear him. The weather being 
very cold made the congregation small, but 
we are glad to say it was very attentive to the 
brother's talk for our spiritual welfare. I 
conveyed him to Crawford Co. Preached 
one sermon Christmas night, near where our 
daughter lives. From there he went to La- 
motte Prairie, near the AA^ abash River, and 
stayed till Jan. 2. Our best wishes go with 
him, and hope he will come again. AVe hope 
some of the other brethren will do as brother 
Krider did. James McBbide. 



Don't be anxious until you are compelled 
to be; many a man worries about a ghost that 
never appears. 



The only thing we have really to be afraid 
of is fearing anything more than God. 



62 



THE aOSPEL MESSENaER. 



Keport of Travels. 



Left home Nov. G, arrived at Ottawa, 
Franklin Co., Kan., the 7 th. Was met by 
Bro. W. H. Wise, and taken out to the E'ght 
Mile church, where there was a committee 
called to do church work. After a four days' 
council, the business assigned the committee 
was disposed of with apparent satisfaction to 
all concerned. 

On the 13th, I boarded the train for Cov- 
ington, O., where I arrived on the evening of 
the 14th. Commenced meeting in the Cov- 
ington church on the morning of the 16th, 
and continued until the evening of the 23rd. 
Had very interesting meetings. The Sun- 
day-school, at this place, is in good working 
condition. What gives it interest, is, the old 
members attend with interest. 

On the morning of the 24th, I went to the 
Lower Stillwater church. This church is 
under the eldership of Bro. John Smith and 
Bro. George Garber, assisted by a corps of 
ministers and deacons, that do honor to the 
Lord's cause. Continued in this church un- 
til the 27th. Attended the Thanksgiving 
meeting in the forenoon of the 27th. Had a 
good attendance and good meeting. In the 
evening I was taken to the Wolf Creek con- 
gregation, under the care of our esteemed 
brother, Jacob Garber. His co-laborers are 
active, young brethren, both in the ministry 
and deacon's oflSice. Closed meeting in this 
church on Sunday morning, the 30th. Had 
a very tender parting with the dear members 
here. 

On the evening of the 30th, was taken to 
the Bear Creek church, under the care of 
elders Isaac Bright and John Bowman. At 
this place we had large congregations of at- 
tentive and interested hearers. Although 
the Progressives built a meeting house near 
by the Old Bear Creek meeting house, (as I 
wap t(jl(i) to break down the Bi-ethren's in- 
fluence, the iucreBse in the church here has 
far surpassed the number that went off with 
both factions. Closed my labors here on the 
evening of Dec. 2. I felt, at the time of leav- 
ing, as many said, "You leave too soon." On 
the morning of the 3d attended council meet 
ing in Lower Stillwater. Had a pleasant 
council. This is a pleasant church to labor 
with. Love governs. 

In the evening of the 3rd commenced op- 
erations at the Lower Miami. Eld. George 
Hullcr has charge here. His helps are young 
and vigorous. Had good meetings. Mtt J. 
A. Bidenour at last appointment. Poor 
James! I know he would like to be back in 
the good old ship. On the Gth I was taken 
to Charlnston, in the Grove church. Remain- 
ed until Sunday night. Had a very tender 
parting with loved ones here. Eld. Joseph 
KauffuQan has the oversight. On Monday 
morning was taken to the Grove meeting- 
house. llerf> is where the Old Orderites 
built alongside of the Brethren's meeting- 
house, and captured the spring. This gave 
trouble, and was used as a means of unjust 
censure of the brethren in the Vindicdtor 
and Evdiuiclist. Same day was taken to 
Donald's Creek church. Eld. J. KaufTmau's 
resident church. He was absent. Visited 



old brother and Eld. John Frantz. His mind 
is very feeble, but general health is good. 

On the 11th spoke twice in the Middle 
District. Bro. Samuel Koppock is elder. — 
Here Bro. I. J. Ptosenberger was conducting 
a series of meetings. On the 12th, was taken 
to Salem church, near Philipsburgh. Eld. 
John Sjlenberger has charge. At this place 
we had tender partings. One old deacon 
brother remarked, "I am not in favor of long 
meetings, but you are leaving us too soon." 
On Sunday afternoon, was taken to Price's 
Creek. Bro. R. Stephens has charge. Here 
I met a very old deacon brother, by the name 
of Bucher. Had very pleasant meetings 
here. Ou the 16th, was taken to Palestine. 
Bro. T. Wenrick had charge, but his lament- 
ed death leaves them without an eldei- for 
the time being. Had good meetings, but, 
owing to the prevalence of measles among 
the people, the attendance was rather small. 

On the 18 th, was taken to the Pitts- 
burgh District, otherwise known as Ludlow 
and Painter Creek. Here is where the Res- 
ulutionists (or Old Orders) separated them- 
belves first from the general Brotherhood 
and its Annual Meeting. Yet this church 
has stood the shock admirably, and has gain- 
ed, in number, since the division, three, to 
one that went off. Brethren T. Krider and 
Jesse Stutzman are elders, and with the 
corps of ministers and deacons, they have to 
HBsist them, and public confidence in their 
fftvor, they can still carry forth the conquest 
to victory. 

On the 20th, was taken to Oakland. Bro. 
J. K'lthei man is elder. Had pleasant meet- 
ings. Houne was crowded on Sunday even- 
ing. Bro. Jerry knows how to rule well. He 
IS very kind and pleasant, and all love him. 
Ou the 22 1, was taken to Harris Creek. — 
Here I met my old friends, brother and sis- 
ter Adam Helman, in whose house I preach- 
^d over thirty years ago, in Indiana Co., Pa. 
To meet such loved ones, after a separation 
■ >i a number of years, was indeed pleasant. — 
Bro. Adam still has the zeal for preaching, 
i.f former years, but his memory is failing. 

From here I was taken to Pleasant Hill, 
Newton church. Bro. Isaac Price is the eld 
er here. After holding seven meetings here, 
my labors closed in the famed "Miami Val- 
lej." Ou Sunday, after the morning meet- 
ing, a number of members met at the home 
<if old brother and sister John Miller. After 
dinner, had social services with the old mem- 
bers. Tears flowed freely during the servic- 
es, and when the parting farewell came, we 
were sorry to be compelled to take the part- 
ing hand. Many we only learned to 
know in order to love. Among those present, 
was our highly esteemed brother. Eld. Sam- 
uel Mohler. Thus ended my arduous labors 
of forty- three days in the valley, during 
which time I delivered seventy- eight ser- 
mons, attendt^d two funerals, and one council- 
meeting. Adding to this, my labors in Kan- 
sas, during the same journey, it amounts to 
eighty sermons, five days in council and two 
funerals, in the term of tif^y-three days. 

I arrived at home on Dec. 31, having been 
absent fifty-six days, all told. Found all 



well. "Thank God, oh my soul, and forget n^ 
not all his benefits." I found the members 
much united and working for a greater de- 
gree of love and holiness in themselves and 
others. Notwithstanding the rumors that 
have been falsely circulated, that the Con- 
servative church is all torn and scattered, I 
found it directly the opposite. A more zeal- 
ous and warm-hearted company of members, 
covering the same territory, I never visited. 
If they continue the work as they are now 
carrying it forward, Satan's ranks will be 
thinned, and the children of the Kingdom 
multiplied. A number united with the 
church while I was in the Valley. I have 
added many new names to the list of those 
whose names I love to remember. Many, 
thanks to dear ones for the substantial aid 
rendered. Wife says, "Many thanks, dear 
sisters." John Wise. 

Conway Sjjrings, Kan. 



Ju Menioriani. 



Bro. Eli Franks was born Nov. 21, 1818, in 
Wayne Co., 0. He united with the Methodist 
church when eighteen years old, in which he 
lived a devoted member for thirty-nine years, 
serving as class-leader or steward nearly 
thirty years. In 1840 he moved to H-imil- 
ton Co., lud,, in which state he lived thirty 
years. In 1870 he moved to K-insas, where 
he again became an active worker in the 
Methodist church, resuming his offije of class 
leader, in which ofliee he labored faithfully 
until 1875. About this timo he heard some 
of the brethren preach, which caused him to 
investigate the matter. Beoming dissatis- 
fied with his former faith and practicr>, in 
May 16, '75, he was biptized into the Breth- 
ren church, by Eld. Jesse Studeb-iker. In 
Sept. '76 he was elected to thedeac ju's uffije, 
in which he labored earnestly and faithfully 
until his death. His one aim and desire was 
to do the will of God. He died very sudden- 
ly with heart disease. He was an exempla- 
ry member, worthy of imitation. He leaves 
a companion and five children, two of whom 
are members, to mourn their sad loss, which 
is his great gain. Funeral services by the 
writer, from the words, "Blessed are the 
dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth, 
etc. We extend our sympathies to the be- 
reaved. Chas. M. Yearout. 

Madison, Kan., Jan. 5. 



Appeal to the Ministers of the Brethren 
Church. 



Dear Brethren in Christ: — 

This church embraces, in its district, 
twenty-eight counties, extending to Colorado. 
Our members reside in five different coun- 
ties. Some of those members have never 
been visited by a minister, or heard the breth- 
ren preach in the county in which they live, 
and if they wish to hear the brethren, they 
must travel from thirty to sixty- five miles. — 
Some of those dear brethren I have never 
seen. Can we hope that they will continue 
faithful much longer? If you have faith, 
pray for them. They have begged me to 
come and preach for them, but I cannot. In 



THE GOSFEL MESSETsTGER. 



68 



the winter it is uncertain about the weather, 
and to send an appointment might result in 
a diHappointment, and discourage more than 
build up. Aside from this, my time has al- 
ways been demanded nearer home. I also 
am a poor man and in debt, and cannot, in 
justice to my family, spare either the time or 
money 4o go. I now appeal to the ministry, 
that have the cause of Christ at heart, to 
come and take part of this territory, and feed 
the dear hungry lambs and sheep before the 
wolf overtakes and destroys them, in their 
weak and famishing condition. As the breth- 
ren are settled, we might soon form two new 
organizations, if we had two good ministers 
to take charge of them. May God bless and 

enable them to come. 

Michael Morehead. 

Greed Bend, Kan., Dec. 31. 

From Baltimore, Mrt. 



We are to have a series of meetings in 
Baltimore, beginning Jan. 18, when I will 
make an extra effjrt to enlarge my list. I 
know of no means that takes the place of, or 
fills up the interval between preaching, like 
the regular weekly visits of the G. M. I re- 
gard it as a great improvement over*the for- 
mer church papers — its predecessors. Wish- 
ing you success, I remain, 

Wm. H. Ashmore. 

MATRIMONIAI. 

HILDEUR \ND— HARINGrON.— By the undersigned, 
at the re-idtnce ot the bride's parents, in Nodaway 
Co., Mo., t)i:t. 19, 1834, vlr. Samuel Hddebrand and 
Miss Nincv R Higngton. Jokl Glick. 

FALLEN ASLEEP. 



"Blessed arc ths dead which die in the Lord." 

TOMBaUGH —Sept. 14, 84, Maftuel Tombaugh, aged 
34yearH, 8 months an 1 2^ days. FuneL-al services by 
the writer to ii large and sjmpatbizing congregation, 

BtAOLE -Sarah M., wife of David Beagle, aged 38 
years, 6 months and 25 days. Funeral i-crv'ces liy the 
writer. A. J, Baloiiman. 

MURRY.— In Grenola, Elk Co., Kan., Oct 29, 1884, 
Florence M., daughter of Bio. N. B. and S'ster Lucin- 
da Murry, aged 18 years, 8 months and 4 days. 
The tiineral was deferred until Jan. 4, '85, on ac- 
count of friends of the deceased hving m Iowa. Bro. Levi 
Say lor di.icouised Irom Gen. 3: 19, to an attentive audi- 
ence. John A. Studkhaker. 

DETRICK — In the bounds of the Mercer church. Weicer 
Co., 0, Oct 1,1884, George Detnck, aged 07 years 
and 11 days Funeral discourse by John Smith, of 
Montgomery Co , O , and others, from 1 Cor 15:22 
John Shkllabehgrr. 

BUONK. — In the Mt. Zion church, April ,30, 1884, sister 
Amelia Boone, aged 50 year.'i, 1 mouth and 8 days. 
She had been a Kuftorer for several years, but bore 
her sufferings with Christian lortitude. She told us, 
.ibout ten days before she die', bow she would pass 
,iway. She .■■aid, "1 think 1 will just sleep away," and 
KO she did. Her life piis.>-ed away as the light of a candle 
dies out. A sweet smile overspread her cnnntenance, 
and she look^'d as if she were in a sweet, refreshing sleep. 
She haves s-even children, to mourn the loss el a dear, 
kind, devoted. Christian mother, and many relatives and 
friends, but our loss is l.er eternal jyain. May we ail 
lueet her in heaven. Funeral services by R, R Shro3er 
md F/. Loomis; Irom 1 Peter l:<': AlicftKT. Boone. 



ZEHNKR — In the Manor congregation, Indiana Co., 
Pa., Dec 28. If 84, Rose Ann Zehner, aged 5 years, 4 
months and 22 days. 
The subject of this notice was the victim of the care- 
less handling of a revolvnr, in the house of hev uncle, ten 
da>s before her deat.j. Funeral discourse by the writer, 
from Ezek. '■): 17-19. Josm-n Hoi.sopple. 

BYLER.— In the Novelty church. Mo., Dec. 29,1884, 
Bro. Georg Byler, aged about 80 years. 
He Kist united with the Lutheran chuich, then with 
the Mennanite, and, finally, becoming acquainted with 
the doctrine of the Brethren, he was bnried with Christ 
111 baptism. We shall miss him from our midst, but our 
loss i.i his gain. C. Lapp. 

HEISHMaN.— In Trout A'alley, W. Va., Dec. :!l, 1884, 
sister Christina He.shman, aged 78 years, 7 months 
and IG clays. 
She had been a Lutheran, but united with the Bretli- 

ren about three years ago. Funeral services by Bro. B. 

VV. Neff, from Rev. 14: 13. 

HORNING.— In Rock Creek chuich. 111., Jan. 4, sister 
Elizabeth, wife of Bio. Samuel Horning, aged fifty 
years, 11 months and 5 days. She has been a faithful 
member for the past ttiirty four \ ears, beloved and re- 
spected by all. Funeral services by the writei . 

J. C. Lahman. 

TONEY.— Near Walton, Cass Co., Ind., Bio. Toney, 
agtd 86 years, 1 month and 14 days. 
Bro I'oney was a faithl'ul raemb r of the church for 
sixty-five years. His last years weie full of aifliotion. He 
was confined to his bed a helpless invalid fur four years. 
He was also blind for same lengtti of time. Hi^ children 
miss taim, but their loss is his gain. Funeral services by 
brethren Bowser and Shively, from Rev. f4: 11, 12. 

STEVENS.— In the Four Mde congregation, Fayette 
Co , Ind , Nov. 5, '84, Bro. Joseph H. Stevens, aged 
24 years, 5 months and 30 days. 

AKERS. — In the Four Mile congregation, Frarkiin 
Co , lud., Dec. 14, 1884, Bro. Asa Aker.^ aged 56 
years, 10 months and 6 days. Funeral services of both 
conducted by the brethren. Wm. McWhorter. 

HALL.— At Russel, Kan , D'C. 2, of diphtheria, Martha 
A., daughter of .3<iiah aud Isaac Hall, aged 4 years 
and 6 months. 

Hall — in the same family,-Dec. 4, of the same disease, 
Ida L. Hall, aged 1 year and 9 months. Ttie above 
children were buried in one grave. 

HALL. — In the same family, D'-c 12, of the same dis- 
ease, Isaa Newton Hall, aged 10 years, 11 months 
and 4 days 
This boy suffered a long time. He was sick before 
the other two died. There were six children, and all 
had the diphtheria. Funeial services by the writer. 

John Hollinuer. 

ANDK"^ — Oct. 19, Moses, infint son. >f Bro. William G 
and Elizibeth Andes, aged 1 month ami 21 diiys. Fu- 
neral discourse ii.v the writer, from Job 14: 7-14, at 
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THE aOSPEL jMESSEiSraEB. 



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District Meeting'. 

Feb. 21, District Meeting of Michigan, in the 
New Haven clmrch, Gratiot ('o. Delegates 
will be met at Hewano. on Detroit & Mil- 
waukee K. R , the diiy before the meeting. 

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18tf P. O. Box S3t, Frederick City, Md. 

Brethren's Colony iii S. Californin. 

THK tract first selected iind offered at §40.00 
to .fitSO.OO per KCre, but on account of not 
Retting enoUBh to hdndle it and other causes, 
it hns now passsd into oth-r hands, am) is 
now rapidly sellin.! at .SlUO per acre. The 
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as good, and lociited on it. Excursion;? will 
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HUNTINGDON AND BROAD TOP 
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The following schedule went into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain R. 
B. on Monday. May 14th, 188$. 

I,» \V« BOCTH. LEAVE NOBTH. 



Mail 


Kzp'sB 


STATIONH. 


Ezp'se 


Mail 


p. M. 


A.M. 




p. M. 


P.U, 


e M 


8 M 


Huntingdon.. 


6 55 


12 40 


6 l^ 


8 60 


McConuHlletown 


5 40 


12 80 


8 22 


8 55 


... nrHft<ra 


5 35 


12 25 


B 8S 


9 Ofl 


. .Marklehburg .. 


5 25 


12 11 


e 4s 


9 15 


.. . Colfee Uun .. . 


5 16 


12 08 


e Ko 


9 21 


Rongh and Heady 


5 09 


11 57 


6 57 


9 2» 


Cove 


6 01 


11 50 


7 00 


9 S8 


Fisher's Mummit 


4 58 


U 45 


7 10 


9 41 


Haitton 


4 48 


11 8S 


7 25 


9 55 


. KiddlfRbiirg.. 


4 S5 


11 20 


7 10 


10 no 


Hopewell. .. 


4 29 


11 51 


7 40 


in 10 


.. .Piper's Kun. . 
... Tatenvillo ... 


4 17 


11 1)6 


7 51 


10 21 


4 07 


10 na 


8 02 


in 8(1 


Kvnri'ft .... 


8 58 


in 4« 


8 05 


10 40 


...Mt. nallas... 


i 55 


10 40 


825 


n no 


H"df<ird ... 


n mi 


10 02 


10 00 


ia«5 


■ Cumberland... 


1 65 


8 46 


P.M. 


P.M. 




r. 11. 


A.M. 



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ITow, Brethren and 
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I;ook at th>s arand offer, which 
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This new Sunflower that I ha»e 
the pleHHnre to offer now for the 
first time, is truly a "Oiant." On 
good soil it » >metimen attains a 
h' ight of l.l f' et. pu mounted b> 

II lon« finwer often .') feet in cir- 
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the siuiilowBr i" ii'^siirpis'-ed for 
i>"u't'-y folding The aiiove riVE 
CHOICE vi-u'iies of ifaritcn feeds 
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Price. ^5 and .'iO cents 

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a doct >r is seldom needed. All tt.at desire to 
favor us will do so bv asking their merchant 
forab'ttle of Victor Remedies or send for 
circulnrs We have given our printer an or- 
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county to supr ly the merchants or local 
affcnts Kvnry one selling our remedies can 
hecome a beneficial iTiember. Send for confi- 
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agent and his territory. 

A. H. Reinhart, - - Monrovia, Md. 

For Montgomery Co., Md 

Ct,E. Staub, - - - Woodsboro, Md. 

For Waf hiugton Co., Md. , and 

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Time Table. 

PITTSBURGH. FT. WAYNE AND 
CHICAGO RAILWAY. 



SCHEDULE IN EFFECT FEB. 15, 1884. 



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*0aily; tDaily except Sunday ;t Daily except 
Monday: S'.laily except Saturday. 

IST" Pullman Palace Sleeping end Hotel 
Cars through between ('hicago and New York 
and Day Coaches between (Chicago and Pitts- 
burgh withfiut change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. A. Baldwin. Gen'l Paea. Agt 
Manager. 

PITTSBURGH. 



CEXTDUY PLANT EEMEDIES, 
including Ttr. Peters' Magnetic 
Blood Vitalizer, or Humor Cur e. ^^ 
and Dr. Peters' .stomach Vigor are 
manufactured only by 

Dr. Peter Fahrney, 

Chicago, lU. 
SlSend for Pamphlet. 



fertilizers ! 

BRETHREN WANTED TO SELL OUR 
Stamlard JFertilixern, Dissolved 
Bone and Fertilizing Chemicals. Address: 

D. BLOCKER & CO.. 
Im9 Gettysburg, Pa. 

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 

On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into eSeet on the PennsylTsnia 
Railroad: 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittebgh. 

Pacific Express, 8 25 P. M 1 85 P. M. 

Mail ... 2 lOP. M 8 50 A.M. 

Fast Line 6 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Phil'da. 

JohnsCnExp'ss, 9 09 A. M 6 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P.M. 

Mail S-TOP.M. H'bg., 7S0P.M. 

Mail Express ...8 a^P. M 2 55 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8: 35 
AM, Altoona, 12: 25 P M., Huntingdon, 
1:24P. M , Harrisburg. 4:15 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7: 25 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P. M , Altoona, 
9: 20 P M , Huntingdon, 10: 30 P M., Harris- 
burgh. 1: 20 A. M., and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

J. R WOOD, 
CHA8. E. PDQH, Gen'l Pass. Ag't. 

Gen'l Manager. 

The Line selected by the U.S. Gov't 
to carry the Fast Mall. 



Burlingtan 
RoutG 

C.B.&q.R.R. 



The Only Through Line, with its own track, between 

CHICAGO, PEORIA or St. LOUIS 
AND DENVER 

Either by way of Omaha, Pacific Junc'ion, Atchison or 
Kantai City It traverses all of the s'x Great States, 

ILLINOIS, IOWA, MISSOURI, 
NEBRASKA, KANSAS, COLORADO 

With branch lines to their important citie» a-d towns. 
It tuns every day in Ine year from one to Ihreo elegantly 
equipped through trains over its own tracl<3 bstween 

Chicago and Denver, 
Chicago and Omaha, 

Chicago and Council Bluffs, 
Chicago and St. Joseph, 
Chicago and Atchison, 
Chicago and Kansas City, 
Chicago and Topeka, 
Chicago and St. Louis, 
Chicago and Dubuque, 
Chicago and Sioux City, 
Peoria and Council Bluffs, 
Peoria and Kansas City, 
Peoria and St. Louis, 
St. Louis and Omaha, 
St. Louis and St. Paul, 
St. Louis and RocK island, 
St. Louis and Chicago, 
Kansas City and Denver, 
Kansas City and St. Paul, 
Kansas City and Omaha, 

Kansas City and Burlington. 

Pii'^ct Connection made at each ot its Junction points 
»! h Througli Traina to ond horn pointa located on its 
b:ancho3. 

At each of it» tavcial Eastern and Weatorn termini it 
cinncc'S in Grand Union Depots with Through Trans to 
and trom all points in th» United States and Canada, 

It is tho Principil Line to 

San Francisco, Portland and City of Mexico 

For Tickets, Rates, General Information, etc., regarding 
■,ho Burlingrion Route, call on any Ticket Agent in tho 
U< itod States or Canada, ot address 

HENRY B. STONE, PERCEVAL LOWELL. 

Ats't Gen'l Manaper, Gen'l Pass, Agent, 

CHICAGO. 



The Gospel Messenger. 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the PoKt-Office nt Mt Morris. 111. 
as Hecond ClaH8 Halter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 3, 188B. No. S 



Vol. 21 Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

11. B. BKDMBAUGH, Editor. 

And Bueiness Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50 

Hnntincdon. Pa. 



Bro. George N. Falkensteir, a graduate of the Nor- 
•nal, is now teaching near Salem, Oregon. 



ToK Brethren ol' New Enterprise, Pa , expect to bo'd 
a sevies ot meetinfrs, commencing about the 20ih of 
February. iJro. J. M. Mohler is to do the preaching. 



'The Methodist Year Book for 188">," published by 
Cranston A Stowe, of Cincinnati, at 25 cent.< a copy, 
contains a very complete epitome of iheir church work 
and is full of interest to such as wis-h such infosmaticn. 



Tub Brethren of Middle District of Pa. will please 
read the notic; given by elder Solomon Sieberfor a meet- 
ing at the Free Spring mecfing-house, on Saturday, Feb. 
7. The Committee to be appointed is an important one, 
and all the churchps that can, should be represented. 



Checks should not be sent outside of the state in 
which they are drawn In sending money to us, those 
livmg outside of Pennsylvania, should use postal orders, 
postal notes, or get dralts from the bank. Money can 
also be sent in registered letters, but silver should not be 
sent in letters. 

Rho .{accb Hedrick, of Virginia, is laboring 'n Balti- 
more, Md. He says he v;ent there to bold forth the 
Word of Life We are oft'^n asked, why we do not have 
more churches in our large cities There are two reasons 
for it: We do no preaching, or but 'ittle, in such places; 
and second. We do not have hou.sesto preach in. These 
two reasons are enough to exclude churches from any 
place. Tlie remedy is very simple; build houses and 
send preachers. God will give the increase. 



On Last Thursday afternoon, Jan 23, a large number 
of our citizens gathered across the way from our office to 
see pass by, on its way to the New Orleans Exposition, 
the old State bell that tolled on Independence Day, 1770. 
At ten minutes before four, it passed by, and we all had 
the pleasure of seeing this ancient relic of American 
childhood. The thoughts ttirred up at the .'^ight weie 
interesting and yet solemn. The bell that then rang 
out the gladsome peals of freedom is yet with us, but 
the great and the noble-hearted men that then lived, 
have long since passed away; and if time continues, it 
will not lie long until the same may be said of those who 
live to-day. "Lord, what is man, poor, feeble man?' 



The following ex^ract we take from a letter Wi.ilten by 
a sister at Newport, Pa. : 

"I miss its welcome visits toi much to be without it. 
since we are somewhat isolated, ihnre beinsr only a law 
of m here; and having no sppak-'r here, our appoint- 
ments are far apart; con-'^quenllv, your paper, filled 
with many h*^art-chei'ring consola'ions to us poor wan- 
derers, cannot but be a very we'C'ine companion. It is 
tru"", we have the blessed BiVile, which is the noureo of 
all our j lys; yet it in a rea' pleasure to read the produ'i- 
tions from the pens of our dear sisters and brethren in 
the faith." etc 

This, like many similar letters we recdve, verifies the 
truth we have been trying to impress upon the minds of 
our members generally There is no one thing that 
•wields a more powerful influence in keeping a church to- 
gether than A good church paper. This is especially 
tru<" in regard to isolated members. Hence, it is the du- 
ty of thf^ churches to see that all the members aie sup- 
plied with the paper. Christ came into the world to save 
siuiiors, 11 nd as we are now made his ambassadors, e'very 
means within our reach should be utilised to this great 
end. 



Bna-riiRKN Ulz and Kalb, of Maryland, commenced 
a meeting at Brp. Miller's, in Montgomery Co., Md , on 
the 22nd. Our reporter, AH Rinehait, says that he 
was there a few weeks ago, and there were full houses 
with good attention. He says that the outlook there is 
good for an ingathering of souls. 



It is astonishing to know how much our religious feel- 
ings are governed by o.ir likes and dislikes. Troubles 
frHquMntly grow in churches and the cause of such troub- 
les is generally supp'stdto be the outgrowth of some 
principle held by the church with which the parly can- 
not agree But, as a rule, such is net the cas-e. The 
true cxu.-e is found in the crookedness of the disiiosition 
or downright stubbornness of heart. Coul4 this sinful 
perversenesa be eradicated from the heart, and men and 
women be candid and sincere, what a glorious change 
there would be in our associations together as Christians, 
and how few would" be our church troubles! More fully 
a new creature in Christ Jesus is our need. 



A DRAK brother in Virginia writes us: "I have often 
thought what a great and good work could be done in 
the church if all our brethren and sisters could be brought 
to see the duty of systematic benevolence, and promptly 
conform to it. For my own satisfaction, I kept an ac- 
count last year, and now the figures make the Lord's 
portion (or one-tenth) amount to |99 82. Besides, there 
were nickels and dimes of which I kept no account. — 
li>ai, uii)uey ♦.ui,-, I ^.tJ^, ljJit.^Z ',.- ,;'..'.:■.■.■ -"-;• »- ■••'«•<- 
and I feel none the poorer, but much happier for it. — 
May many others come on to this line." 

Amen, say we; — and they are coming. Yes, they are 
coming This spirit of lib'Talify is at work anions us — 
the weight of pcri>hmg souls is pressing, bearing upon 
our hearts, and we must, each one, help to save them. — 
We mrjst preach through such powers as God gives us, 
and our purse is one of them 



OUR TRIP TO THE CAPITAL. 



Last week, having a little business to attend to at 
Ilarrisburg, the capital of our state, and wishing to have 
the pleasure of hearing Mr. Moody preach, who was an- 
nounced to be there on the 2ord, 24th and 2")th, we took 
the early train and by ft: '30 A. M., we reached the city. 

On landing, we concluded to go at once to the place of 
meeting, but as we did not know wheie that was, we 
started for the n^aicst hotel to get the neccisary infor- 
mation. We, however, did not go far until we noticed 
a regular stream of men and women going all in one di-. 
rection. Supposing that they were going to the Moody 
meeting, we concluded to .join in and follow. From the 
fact that many of theni were carrying the Moody and 
Sankey hymn and note books, we were assured that we 
wir(! on the right way- to the place, we mean— and 
soon came to a lartre skating rink. Into this the people 
flowed until every seat in the vast room was tilled. The 
seating capacity, we yfore told, is 2.500. 

The morning was liitter cold, and as there was only 
one stove at each end. the room was not comfortably 
warm- indeed, wo thought that part of it was jilmost 
freezing cold, and we think that many others had very 
similar fe»lings, and had not Mr. Moody been there, the 
place would soon have been vacat*^! for more comforta- 
ble (luarters. What folks we are to see and hear great 
men! 

The building, we think, was about 200 feet long, and 

the .stand was about in the middle of the buildinir, so 

that the hearing at the remote corners was not very grvod 

from an oidinary cp'aker. Yet Mr Moody, in his enoy 

:ilks, could be heard ijuito distinctly throughout the 



building. Hearing does not depend so much on loud- 
ness, so called, as on fullness of tone and di-tinct enun- 
ciation. 

But we suppose you want to know what we have to 
say about Mr. Moody. Well, in the first place, we say, 
he is a man; and we fay this in a wider 8en^e than sim- 
ply that of gender or sex. His oiatory is only ordinary 
— indeed, he does not pretend to make any oratorical 
display whatever. He only talks, and his language is 
the most common possible. Jn all his talking, we do 
not remember a word he said that would not be readily 
understood by the average school-boy; fo that the power 
he has is not in elotjuence, not in Howery style, nor in 
the use of uncommon words. Neither has he an over 
share of comeliness; and as jou sit and look at the man. 
and listen (o his talks, it becomes a debatable iiuestion 
whether his popularity is the outgrowth of real merit, or 
whether the world has not accidentally shouldcied him 
above his sphere. 

We shall not discuss these ((ucstions here, but leave it 
for you to do, should you have an oppoitunity of seeing 
and hearing him. But that he has the power to hold 
and interest an audience, there can be no question. He 
does it and does it well. His talks which we heard were 
interesting and very practical, and, as far as they went, 
were in harmony with the truth. His first subject was, 
"The Bible." He tried to show that for it there is no 
substitute — the Book of books -and that we should not 
only read and understand it, but do jusl as it say.s. — 
About it he said many good things, "flow to have suc- 
cesstui revivals, ' was lue secoiia su'jecr, aau. Cur t»»l- 
ent" the third. 

His talks are short, from thirty to thiity-live minutes; 
yet he succeeds in saying a great many things in the 
t me allotted. We think that his leputation that he has 
outside of general notoriety, is the result of executive 
ability And an overflowing sympathy. He plans well 
and grips titihtly with a loving heart. These are quali- 
fications that would be good for us all. In the evening 
we retuined home, well pleased with our trip. What 
the final result of his meetings will be, God only knows. 
This we know, everything done that tends to His glory, 
He will own and bless. 



A TRACT FUND. 



On account of the great good that hat been accom- 
plished by the distribution of tracts, we have, for some 
time, been pncouraging a fund for this purpose Other 
denominations are sending them cut by the thousands, 
and through them much is done towards building up 
their i-espectivc churches. They uie sileut pieacheis that 
can and do enter houses where no others are udnntlcd, 
and th'-ir preaching, if freighted with the truth, is some- 
times very effective. ^Ve now have tract.s that are very 
suitable for that purpo.se, ani all we need is a little mon- 
ey to send thuu out on Iheir mi.-sion. 

To begin a fund for this puipo.«e, sister Ella Williams, 
of Funksiown, Md . st nds the following: "Permit me to 
commence the foundation of the desired 'Tract Fund.' 
Enclosed find four 'corner-stones,' and may othei.s add 
abundant mateiial until the church has a nev<'r-f«iling 
supply foi this purpose 'The fire shall try every uuin's 
work, of what sort it is." Money is perishable and (=0 
are tracts. But God can take these piiishable materials 
of ours and use them as insliuments in erecting a spirit- 
ual house to the honor of his name— a home composed 
of souls i-edeemed to God through the blood of his Son." 

The "four corner-stones" reft rred to are four dollars, 
with additional thirty-five cents to put ihem in phue — 
As the foundation is now laid, who will help build there- 
on? We wish to make this a standing fund and hope 
very soon, to have a number of names to add. 



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EJSSuf^-^S- 



study to Bhow thiBelf approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



A REVIEW OP GOD'S DEALINGS 
WITH US. 



A SERMON BY ELDER JAMES QUINTER. 

(Preached the last Sunday evening in 1884.) 
"And thou slialt lemember all the way which the Lord 
thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to 
humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what is in thine 
heart, whether thou would*t keep his comniandmeQts or 
no." Deut. S:2 

The children of Israel had been led by the 
Lord, a long and tedious journey through the 
wilderness for forty years. They were now, 
at the time that Moses addressed them, upon 
the borders of the promised land— a land that 
they had looked forward to with bright hopes. 
They had experienced many trials and many 
difficulties. But having been led by the 
Lord, they passed safely through all. But 
their work was not yet done. They were to 
take possession of the land, and subdue its 
hostile inhabitants. And this was not to be 
done without much struggling and conflict. 
And by taking a retrospective view of the 
past, and by remembering what the Lord had 
done for them, they would be prepared to 
finish the work that was to be done before 
they could quietly settle themselves down in 
their long looked-for Canaan. Hence the 
language of Moses: "And thou shall remem- 
ber all the way which the Lord thy God led 
thee these forty years in the wilderness, to 
humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what 
is in thine heart, whether thou wouldst keep 
his commandments or no." 

In presenting some thoughts upon this 
text, we shall present them under the follow- 
ing heads: 

/. We are io remember the dealinos of 
God loiih us. 

II. The disciplinary) character of ttiose 
dealings. 

Among the various and wonderful powers 
of the human mind is memory. This faculty 
enables man to look into the past and to re- 
tain a knowledge of much that he has seen 
and experienced in the past, and to use this 
knowledge as an incentive to future action 
for the profit of himself and others. Men of 
reflection and understanding profit much by 
the lessons from what they have experienced 
in the past. And while all men may thus 
learn from the past, it is but comparatively a 
few that do so. And herein some men have a 
great advantage over others. It is not owing 
to any superior endowments often that one 
man will possess great advantages over an- 
other, but to the use that he makes of his 
past experience. And in the address that 
Moses made to his people, of which our text 
is a part, that man of God was very anxious 
to have the minds of the Israelites dwell up- 
on those numerous and remarkable events 
that had taken place in the history of that 
peculiar people from the time they left Egypt 
until the time they were addressed by their 
great leader. 

In the dealing of God with the Israelites 
we sec a remaikablo mixture of bleeBiuge and 



judgments. The Apostle Paul, in contem- 
plating the diversified dealings of God with 
the Jews, exclaimed, "Behold, therefore, the 
goodness and severity of God." Kom. 11: 22. 
In the address of Moses, from which we have 
selected our text, he rehearses some of the 
dealings of the Lord with the Israelites. He 
says in reference to what God had done, "and 
he humbled thee, and sufi"ered thee to hun- 
ger, and fed thee with manna, which thou 
knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; 
that he might make thee know that man doth 
not live by bread only, but by every word 
that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord 
doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old 
upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these 
forty years." And in the land of Moab, Mos- 
es addressed the Israelites as follows: "Ye 
have seen all that the Lord did before your 
eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and 
unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 
the great temptations which thine eyes have 
seen, the signs, and those great miracles; yet 
the Lord hath not given you an heart to per- 
ceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto 
this day. And I have led you forty years in 
the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen 
old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old 
upon thy foot. Ye have not eaten bread, 
neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: 
that ye might know that I am the Lord thy 
God. And when ye came to this place, Si- 
hon, the king of Heshbon, and Og, the king 
of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, 
and we smote them: and we took their land, 
and gave it for an inheritance unto the Beu- 
benites, and to the Gadites, and to the half 
tribe of Manasseh. Keep, therefore, the 
words of this covenant, and do them, that ye 
may prosper in all that ye do." Deut. 29: 2- 
9. In this way did Moses remind them from 
time to time of the great and many obliga- 
tions that they were under unto God. 

We call your attention to the following 
words, in the address of Moses in the land of 
Moab: "Yet the Lord hath not given you an 
heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to 
hear, unto this day." This language plainly 
shows that the people that God was disci- 
plining to humble them, had not, when Mos- 
es addressed them, experienced the humilia- 
tion that God wanted to see in them. The 
language sounds somewhat strange to us, in 
declaring that the Lord had not given them 
"an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and 
ears to hear." And if the Lord was to give 
the "heart to perceive," and he did not give 
it, were the people to blame because they had 
not the heart that they should' have had? 
They surely were to blame. It is true, the 
preparation of the heart to perceive God, and 
his goodness, and their obligations to him, 
he only could give. But he gives such a 
heart upon the condition that it is sought for, 
and prayed for, and labored for in the way 
that God has appointed. And this the peo- 
pie had failed to do. And hence God had 
not given them euch a heart. It is just so 
now in regard to the salvation of men. It is 
the gift of God, but he gives it upon con- 
(litionB. And we must comply with those 
couditioDB, and if we do not comply, he can 



not give us salvation. "He that believeth, 
and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that 
believeth not, shall be damned." Mark 16: 
16, 

In the addresses of Moses, he sets before 
them what God had done for them. This 
was for their reproof, their instruction, and 
their encouragement. They were led through 
the wilderness forty years by the Lord. 
They were also clothed and fed by him. It 
is said that their clothes did not wax old up- 
on them. The miracle that was wrought to 
keep their clothes from wearing out, was just 
as manifest, and just as great, as it would 
have been had it been performed to make 
new garments for them occasionally as they 
journeyed. 

And they were supplied miraculously with 
food and water. Manna was given them from 
heaven, and water out of the rock. And, per- 
haps, we cannot do better than to give Paul's 
representation of what God did for the Israel- 
ites, and we shall give it: "Moreover, breth- 
ren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, 
how that all our fathers were under the cloud', 
and all passed through the sea; and were all 
baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the 
sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 
and did all drink the same spiritual drink: (for 
they drank of that spiritual Rock, that fol- 
lowed them; and that Rock was Christ;) but 
with many of them God was not well pleased; 
for they were overthrown in the wilderness.' 
Now these things were our examples, to the 
intent that we should not lust after evil things, 
as they also lusted. Neither be idolaters, as 
were some of them ; as it is written the peo- 
ple sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to 
play. Neither let us commit fornication, as 
some of them committed, and fell in one day 
three and twenty thousand. Neither let us 
tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, 
and were destroyed of serpents. Neither 
murmur ye, as some of them aleo murmured, 
and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now 
all these things happened unto them for en- 
samples; and they are written for our admon- 
ition, upon whom the ends of the world are 
come." ICor. 10:l-n. We have made this 
quotation for two reasons. First, it is a strik- 
ing exhibition of God's disciplinary teaching 
of his people. And, secondly, it shows that 
we mmj not only do as we are doing, namely, 
look at the principles upon which the govern- 
ment of God was exercised over the Israel- 
ites, but it shows that we should do so, since 
God's dealings with them were intended to be 
•examples to us. 

Then from what we have said in the fore- 
going, it is no less our duty and our work to 
remember all the way that the Lord has led 
us. Some of us have been led forty 
years, and some of us even more than that, 
and some not so long. And though our jour- 
ney through life, whether it has been long or 
short, may not have been marked with such 
wonderful events as the journey of the Isra- 
elites through the wilderness, neverthe- 
lesp, the journey of each one of us through 
life has been marked so distinctly by God'n 
providences, that we surely ought to be very 
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to him as bis faithful servants, ever ready to 
wait upon him, and always abounding in bis 

work. 

"Our life contains a thousand springs, 

And dies if one be gone; 
Strange that a harp of thousand strings 

Should kfct p in tune so long! 
But 'tis our God supports our frame, 

The God who form'd us first; 
Praise be to his almighty name, 

That lear'd us from the dus-t." 

Yes, my friends, it is God, through bis 
wise and benevolent providence, that contin- 
ues our mysterious being, the "harp of a 
thousand strings." For while we are "fear- 
fully and wonderfully made," we are "fear- 
fully and wonderfully" preserved. And we 
may well exclaim with David, upon a survey 
of our creation and preservation, "Marvelous 
are thy works; and that my soul knoweth 
right well." Ps. 139: 14. If our wants are 
not supplied by a miraculous interposition of 
God, as were those of the Israelites, their 
supply is from him— the result of laws his 
wisdom and benevolence planned, and which 
his power sustains. The water to quench 
our thirst, the food to satisfy hunger, and the 
materials for our clothing, are all the produc- 
tions of his benevolent laws. All our wants 
are supplied by a divine power, if they are 
not supplied by a miraculous interposition 
of that power. If, then, we remember all 
the way which the Lord has led us, we sure- 
ly shall find much to be thankful for, and 
much to humble us, when we are made to 
appreciate the fact that we have nothing that 
is good, or that can promote our comfort and 
well-being but what we have received of the 

Lord. "^ 

And we have not received it because we de- 
serve it, or because we have a just claim up- 
on the Lord for it, but he gives it altogether 
of his grace or favor. When we, then, see 
the goodness of the Lord, which we cannot 
fail to see, if we remember the way he has 
led us, that goodness ought, by all means, to 
lead us to repentance. Such is the design of 
his goodness. So Paul teaches. Eom. 2: 4. 
He puts it thus: "Despisest thou the riches 
of his goodness, and forbearance, and . long- 
suffering; not knowing that the goodness of 
God leadeth thee to repentance?" But, too 
often, instead of his goodness leading us to 
repentance or reformation, it is turned to sin, 
and abused. "Ye ask, and receive not, be- 
cause ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it 
upon your lusts." James 4: 3. Permit me 
to say to you, dear unconverted friends, re- 
member the way the Lord has led you, and 
seeing how kind he has been to lead you, 
and what a pleasant way he has led you in; 
be induced by his goodness to be led to him, 
and to do his commandments. 

And my dear Christian brethren, what 
about the way that the Lord has led us? In 
looking over that way, and remembering it, 
we shall see much that ought to humble us, 
and that greatly. The way the Lord led the 
Israelites in the wilderness, was a wonderful 
way. And is the way the Lord leads the 
sinner in bringing him back to himself, less 
wonderful? The way from the city of sin 
and deatruction to the heavenly Cauaau, is a 



way that has more to awaken our admiration 
and wonder than had the way from Egypt to 
the Canaan to which the Israelites were led. 
In the latter part of this chapter, from 
which we have taken our text, Moses refers 
to the way in which the Lord had led them, 
in language much like that used in our text, 
only there is a more particular description 
given of the way. He refers to the house of 
bondage in Egypt, out of which they had 
been brought, and to the "great and terrible 
wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and 
scorpions." 

• But the bondage from which the Christian 
has been delivered is a more terrible one. — 
Aud as dangerous as were the fiery serpents 
and scorpions, the "principalities," "powers," 
"rulers of the darkness of this world," and 
"the spiritual wickedness in high places" 
(Eph. G: 12), with which Christians have 
had to contend, are still more formidable 
and dangerous foes. But Paul, having to 
contend with such enemies, could say, ''Oat 
of them all the Lord delivered me." 2 Tim. 
3: 11. And thousands of Christians have 
said the same. O, when we remember the 
way which the Lord has led us, as Christians, 
and the various experiences which we have 
had, how manifest is his power and goodness 
to us, and how grateful and' obedient we 
should be! But we must proceed to notice 
the second part of our subject. 

II. The disciplinary character of the 
Lord's dealings with his people. 

The object that Moses had in view in re- 
quiring them to remember all the way the 
Lord led *them, is thus stated: "to humble 
thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in 
thine heart, whether thou wouldst keep his 
commandments, or no." 
1, It was io humble them. 
To humble them, or to bring them into an 
humble state of feeling, and to have humble 
views of themselves, here probably means, 
to have a proper knowledge of themselves, 
of their weakness, of their ignorance, and of 
their entire want of strength, especially of 
moral strength, to perform their duty, and to 
do the work God had for them to do. They 
were much inclined to rely on themselves. 
And this b^ing the case, they would not put 
their trust in God as men should do. Aud 
this is a common failing of human nature. 
It is difficult to get men to see their need of 
divine righteousness, divine strength, and di- 
vine wisdom. We are confirmed in the view 
above given, in regard to what is to be un- 
derstood by humbling the Israelites, by the 
admonitions that are further given by Moses. 
He cautions them of the danger of being 
"lifted up," and against saying in their heart, 
or against thinking and saying. "My power 
and the might of my hand hath gotten me 
this wealth." Verse 17. 

An important idea in the meaning of the 
word humility, is, "a modest estimate of one's 
own worth." Another idea contained iu hu- 
mility is, "submission." Now, iu both these 
respects, the Israelites failed very much. - 
They trusted too much to themselves, and 
failed to submit to God as they should have 
done, and hence they often fiulod, and falter- 



ed, and fell. Peter trusted too much to his 
own strength, and fell. An important part 
of the work of conversion is to be converted 
from trusting to ourselves, and be led to 
trust in Christ. 

2. It ivas to prove them. 
It is said, "to prove thee, to know what 
was in thine heart." They were to remember 
all the way that the Lord led them. That is, 
they were to remember the various experienc- 
es that they had passed through. And iu re- 
membering these, they would eee what a dis- 
obedient spirit they, at times, possessed, 
which led them to "tempt Christ," and to 
"murmur." But for whose benefit was the 
knowledge to bo used that they would obtain 
by remembering the way the Lord led them? 
It was for their own benefit. The Lord knew 
what was iu their hearts, whether they would 
remember, or whether they would forget, the 
way he led them in the wilderness. He want- 
ed them to know what "manner of spirit" 
they were of. 

There is great danger of us deceiving our- 
selves. Hence the Lord's concern and care 
that his people be not deceived, and so he 
tries them. He permitted the Israelites to 
get into want, that they might be tried. And 
what did they do then? They murmured 
and complained. And they thus betrayed a 
very improper spirit. Why did they not 
wait a while? The Lord would not have left 
them perish. In this way the Lord proved 
them, and they could readily see, if they 
were not blinded by pride and vanity, that 
they were greatly lacking in the true spirit 
of godliness and obedience. 

It is thus God deals with all his people. 
And we should thank him for so doing. For 
if we think we are all right, when we are not 
so, we are in great danger of deceiving our- 
selves to our own ruin. But if God tries us, 
and we are honest with ourselves, and realize 
our defects of Christian character, and avail 
ourselves of the means for correction, and 
make the necessary improvement, then all 
will be well. In the 16th verse of the chap- 
ter in which our text occurs, we learn the fi- 
nal design that God has in view in dealing 
with us as he does; "that he might prove 
thee, to do thee good at the latter end." 

2. Tlie spirit of obedience is wliat is to be 
cultivated and attained to. 

"To know what was in thine heart, wheth- 
er thou wouldst keep his commandments, or 
no." It is the spirit of submission to Gods 
will, or the spirit of obedience that we should 
with care and diligence cultivate, for this is 
what he is trying to lead us to. There is a 
misapprehension often iu regard to obedience 
to divine c )mmands. The importance of a 
command is often estimated too much ac- 
cording to the nature of the command. Bat 
the authority must also be taken into consid- 
eration. And if the authority is divine, no 
command can be disobeyed without commit- 
ting sin. It is not simply the violation of 
the command that is to be considered, but it 
is the manifestation of a spirit in c nflict 
with the will of God. Hence the importance 
of obedience is made prominent throughout 
the Bible. 



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Now, beloved hearers, as we are closing 
the year, let us all remember the way which 
the Lord has led us, and be humble, and 
prove ourselves, and be §ure that we are rec- 
onciled to him, and that we are in harmony 
with his will, and in fellowship with him. 



OBEDIENCE THROUGH SUFFERING. 

— Heb. ."»: 8,1). 



BY JOHN ZUCK. 



Number 1. 

In presenting this subject, we do not wish 
to lead to the thought that Christ did not 
know what obedience was when he came in- 
to the world on the great mission of salva- 
tion, or that he did not know how to obey 
without suffering; but rather that he might 
exemplify, practically, and undergo experi- 
mentally, thus showing that obedience is pos- 
sible under the most hindering influences. 
This suffering of the body should lead us 
to submission in spirit, and that coming down 
as he did among men, partaking of humanity, 
he could show to depraved mankind some 
valuable lessons that suffering alone can 
teach. 

Christ suj}'ered, is an expression that em- 
braces much for serious thought. It is heard 
at every altar of worship, and should be re- 
membered in every prayer of gratitude. It 
embraces the whole scope of humanity — 
from Adam to the last son and daughter that 
shall be born into the world. How exalted 
the thought as expressed in the language of 
the Apostle Paul, "Though he were a son," — 
the son of God, one of the divine and holy 
personages, with princely honors, power and 
dominion, is willing to practically and exper- 
imentally learn obedience "by the things 
which he suffered." The suffering of Christ 
can only be measured by the magnitude of 
sin, as shown in our depraved natures. Suf- 
fering is the result of sin, and sin is the trans- 
gression of the law of God. Christ suffered 
for our sins, was bruised for our transgres- 
sions, and died that we might live. Though 
he were a son, the only son, yet was he not 
excusable. Great must have been the sacri- 
fice made by the son of God in his conde- 
scension, in leaving heaven and all his glory 
he enjoyed with the Father, and to come 
down among men, be fashioned as a man, 
once rich, but now for our sakes made poor, 
that we, through his poverty, might be made 
rich. 

Heaven's chambers might all be searched 
to find a sufficient offering among the angelic 
hosts to fill the demands of redemption, but 
none is found save the Son, the only Son, and, 
though he were a Son, yet he cannot be spar- 
ed from the suffering required to redeem man. 
"The Lion of the tribe of Judah" has prevail- 
ed. 

The suffering of Christ, in point of redemp- 
tion, has a grand drawing upon us in securing 
our recognition of him as one that came to 
save us from pain and death. We behold 
him weep, and our better natures are arous- 
ed. We hear him wrestle and pray in that 
dark and gloomy night, when ho was drink- 
ing the bitter cup of BuH'eriug in "the gar- 



den," and are made to feel that we are un- 
worthy of such agony. We see him led. 
wearing the crown of thorns, spit upon, buf- 
feted, mocked and falsely accused, his body 
scourged with lashes by the puny hand of 
man, and thus condemned to die the death of 
crucifixion. 

And whilst painfully nailed to the cross, 
beholding the sneers of the would-be right- 
eous Scribes and Pharisees, the tantalization 
of the soldiers, and he, with all the conscious- 
ness of the situation, realizes the withdraw- 
ing of the divine power, beholds the gath- 
ering darkness upon the earth, and heaven 
draped in mourning, amidst it all we hear the 
plaintive cries of Jeaua, calling unto' Father, 
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken 
me?" All this teaches us how much suffering 
we cast at the hands of our blest Redeemer 
who purchased us with his own blood. And 
he is truly worthy of being called "the author 
of eternal salvation unto all them that obey 
him." Thus we see Jesus, who was made a 
little lower than the angels, for the suffering 
of death, crowned with glory and honor; that 
he, by the grace of God, should taste death 
for every man. "For it became him, for whom 
are all things, and by whom are all things, in 
bringing many sons unto glory, to make the 
captain of their salvation perfect through 
suffering." Heb. 2:. 9, 10. 

Hence we see and are to learn that suffer- 
ing has a perfecting influence, a vittue that 
cannot be annulled, and, although a chas- 
tisement, is notwithstanding a powerful 
means of grace to reach and save the soul. 
Christ was intended to be a complete and 
perfect Savior in all points, a leader and 
commander, not only unto, but in every sense 
among his people. Being made perfect, 
he shows us a perfect means of grace, and that 
obedience through suffering tends to perfec- 
tion. This obedience of Christ was an unre- 
served obedience, full and free, as he declares 
"that he came not to do his own will but the 
will of him that sent him," and that he did 
always those things that pleased the Father. 
"Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is 
written of me) to do thy will, O God." So 
complete and perfect was this obedience that 
every jot and tittle was fulfilled, becoming a 
universal example in showing us "the way" 
unto eternal life. 

Let us now turn our attention to what we 
owe to Jesus, who is declared to be "the Au- 
thor of eternal salvation." AVe at once ob- 
serve that this eternal salvation is only se- 
cured by obedience to Cbrist. Christ came 
not to save people in their sins but from 
their sins. It is by obeying Christ that we 
are liberated and led away from our sins. 
Christ commands, he also leads, and we fol- 
low. A salvation that is not eternal comes 
short of the great object for which Christ 
came into the world and suffered. We 
may be saved from some danger in this life, 
but that salvation does not place us beyond 
danger in the future. We may bo morally 
saved from many of the vices of this life, and 
it may be considered a moral salvation, whoso 
blessings pertain to timo only, and not per- 
formed in thn full feonse of obpdience to 



Christ; hence will not receive a full reward, 
and may never enjoy eternal salvation. What 
we want and what we receive by obedience to 
Christ is, a salvation in which the blessings 
conferred are never ending, and unceasingly 
enjoyed in time and throughout eternity. 
All-sufficient is the great Author and Finish- 
er of our faith to grant this great salvation to 
all them that obey him. 

{To he Continued.) 



A x^IINISTER'S 



PERSONAL APPEAR- 
ANCE. 



BY J. H. MOOBE, 



A minister's appearance before the public 
often has much to do with his influence over 
the people for good or for evil. It is also 
difficult to dismiss first impressions, eten 
when they are found to be wrong; hence the 
importance of guarding his appearance when 
visiting a new point for the first time. In 
these things we are taught to be as wise as 
serpents and as harmless as doves. In be- 
half of the aged, people are disposed to make 
allowances that are never thought of in con- 
nection with the unbecoming habits of the 
young or middle-aged. 

Men of natural greatness never need to 
consult their appearance, as they often pos- 
sess attractions that tower above and far out- 
weigh appearances, but this is not the case 
with the speaker of ordinary ability. In ad- 
dition to properly prepared thoughts, there 
are some things about his appearance that 
cannot be ignored without injuring, to a cer- 
tain extent, the cause he is advocating. He 
need not dress fine, for that is unscriptural, 
but his dress should, if possible, be neat and 
clean. He should see that his clothes have 
received proper attention. It is painful to 
people, neatly inclined, to see a minister ad- 
dressing the people, and yet have to be asham- 
ed of his uncombed hair and neglected gar- 
ments. You may say people ought not to be 
so easily disturbed by such tbings. That 
may be, but you can never get people to see 
it that way. They know that no one but a 
careless minister will be bo thoughtless con- 
cerning his personal appearance, and that be 
will accomplish more good if he will dress 
plainly, yet neatly, and give himself a clean 
appearance. Soap and water are cheap and 
ought to be used plentifullj'.' 

We all know that however clean a cup may 
be inside, we prefer to see a clean outside al- 
so before taking a drink. And the same es- 
timate we put on cups, people put on minis- 
ters so far as appearances are concerned. We 
teach that people who believe in plainness 
will dress plainly, and we may, with equal 
propriety, teach that ministers who believe in 
cleanness will also have proper respect for 
their personal appearance when before a con- 
gregation, and if for no other reason, they 
ouglit to have some regards for the feelings 
of other members. We once heard of a min- 
ister, who in his sermon, denounced the sis- 
ters for manifesting so much pride in their 
dress. After meeting a few pious old sietera 
took him to one side, and told him that ho 
was the one that needed reforming, for while 



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he was preaching his shirt was unbuttoned 
in front, his vest only partly buttoned, his 
clothes unbrushcd, his hands looked unclean 
and his hair had a very neglected appear- 
ance. These sisters did just right, only there 
ought to be more of the same kind. That 
man's preaching did no good, for the simple 
reason that his personal appearance was un- 
becoming. 

However few or many a minister's talents 
may be, there are a few things that will great- 
ly aid him in his ministerial work. 

1. Dress plainly and in a becoming man- 
ner. 

2. See that your clothes are clean, well 
brushed and fit neatly. 

3. Keep your hair and beard in a respect- 
able ordei'. 

In short, let all your habits be becoming a 
minister. A man who prides himself on be- 
ing odd, and ignores the idea of guarding 
his personal appearance is not a suitable man 
for the ministry. Then on the other hand, 
be careful that you do not give too much at- 
tention to the outward part, for there is such 
a thing as overdoing even a good thing. 

TRINE IMMKKSrON IS THE MODE OF 

B.\PT1SM TAUGHT BY 

CHRIST. 



BY J. W. SOUTHWOOD. 



Xdinber 2. 

. Ik the second place I desire to take an his- 
torical view of the subject. It shall not be 
our aim to produce all the historic facts that 
might be brought to bear favorably on the 
subject, but enough to show clearly that, his- 
torically, trine immersion is the mode of bap- 
tism taught by Christ. In our historical quo- 
tations we see fit to draw from the labors of 
J3ro. Moore in his book entitled, "Trine Im- 
mersion Traced to the Apostles:" "Augustine 
A. 1) , 354—430, 'After you professed your 
belief, three times did we submerge your 
heads in the sacred fountain.' [Hinton's His- 
tory of Baptism, page 157.J" 

"Chrysostom A. U., 347— 407: 'Christ de- 
livered to his disciples one baptism, in three 
immersions of the body, when he said unto 
them, 'Go teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost.' | Qainter , and Mc- 
Couuell Debate, page 28.]" 

"Ambrose, A. D., 340—397: 'Thou wast 
asked. Dost thou believe in God the Father 
Almighty? Thou saidst, 'I do believe,' and 
wast dipped, that is, buried. Thou wast ask- 
ed again, Dost thou believe on our Lord Je- 
sus Christ and his crucifixion? Thou saidst, 
'I believe,' and wast dipped again, and so 
wast buried with Christ. Thou wast inter- 
rogated the third time. Dost thou believe in 
the Holy Spirit? Thou answeredst, 'I believe,' 
and wast dipped a third time.' (Orchard's 
History of Ijaptistn, Vol. I, page 44 |" 

"Basil, A. D., 328-379: 'By three iramer- 
sioHP, therefore, and by three invocations wo 
ftdmiuister the important ceremony of bap- 
tism.' ( Robinson's History of Baptism, page 

"Apostolic Canons from A. D. 315 to 200: 
'The fiftieth of the Apostolic Canons reads as 



follows: 'If any Bishop or Presbyter do not 
perform three immersions of one initiation, 
but one immersion which is given into the 
death of Christ, let him be deposed, for the 
Lord did not say, 'Baptize into my death,' 
but, 'Go ye, and make disciples of all nations, 
baptizing them into the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' Do 
ye, therefore. Bishops, immerse thrice — into 
one Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost, ac- 
cording to the will of Christ by the spirit.' 
I Quinter and McConnell, paee 114 |" 

"Dupin: 'In the first three centuries, they 
plunged those three times whom they bap- 
tized.' I Trine Immersion by B. F. Moomaw, 
page 77. J" 

"Bishop Beveridge: 'Neither did the church 
ever esteem that baptism valid which was not 
administered exactly according to the insti- 
tution, in the name of all the three Persons; 
which the primitiv^e Christians were so strict 
in the observance of, that it was enjoined, 
that all persons to be baptized should be 
plunged three times — first at 'the name of the 
Father, and then at 'the name of the Son,' and 
lastly at 'the name of the Holy Ghost;' that 
so every person might be distinctly nominat- 
ed, and so our Savior's institution exactly ob- 
served in the administration of this sacra- 
ment.' [Works, Vol. VIII, page 336.]" 

This Bishop Beveridge, it is said, was a 
learned Bishop of the Church of England, 
and "one of the most learned divines England 
ever produced." "He made baptism a partic- 
ular study in all the stages of its history" 
and his conclusion was that trine immersion 
was taught by Christ in the commission. 
"When speaking of the threefold immersion 
he states: "That this was in some way hand- 
ed down from the apostles we dare not deny.' 
f Chrystal's History of the Modes of Bap- 
tism, page 194 j" 

"Dr. Wall: 'The way of trine immersion, or 
plunging the head of the person three times 
into the water, was the general practice of all 
antiquity.' [History of Infant Baptism, Vol. 
II, page 419 ]" 

I might have brought forward Bingham, 
Hinton, Prof. Stuart, Vossius, Neander, Car- 
son, Whiston, Cave, Eeeves, Pelagins, and 
many others, but deem it not necessary. We 
have now shown from these eminent men, 
some of whom were bishops and learned di- 
vines, that trine immersion was taught by 
Christ in the commission, and "was the gen- 
eral practice of all antiquity." AVe have now 
viewed this subject historically, though brief- 
ly, and have proven clearly that trine immer- 
sion is the mode of baptism taught by the 
Stivior. 

{To be Continued.) 



MY THOUGHTS. 



BY E. A. ORR. 



Niiiiiber l\. 

See that man rushing across the street 
there! What pushes him on, and what is 
he after? Can you divine? Sin in him that 
seeks to drown itself in business, goads him 
forward, and the "mighty dollar" alluroH liim 
on. These are the "push" and "pull" forces 
before and behind much of our modern activ- 



ity. Won't he stop? No. Not till he can go 
no longer. Then he will fall into his bed. 
Ho dreams of devils dire, and "bags of gold." 
God gets no praise, no thanks. He is not in 
in all his thoughts — no, not even in the least 
of them. The dear, tired wife! How she is 
to be pitied! The "livelong day" she has 
toiled for him and his, and now what does 
she get for all her care and carefulness? — 
Nothing do you say? This is bad enough; 
but she often gets worse. She gets no kind 
words, no smiles, no caresses, no kisses. — 
Look at his once lovely woman! She is pale. 
How wishful! She is dying by inches, only 
for the caresses he once bestowed upon her. 
It is not over-work that kills our women, but 
it is the want of that which woman can't live 
without —Love. Paul understands the mat- 
ter when he says: "Husbands, love your 
wives!" Shame on the man that does not 
love his wife! Is he a man? Rather, is he 
not a brute? Yea, worse than such is he. — 
He deserves to be "beat with rods," and 
"whipped with cords." Why are children 
neglected? Why are our streets filled with 
boys, who have no regard for man, for gov- 
ernment or for God? Here is the answer. — 
Two commands are neglected: "Husbands, 
love your wives," and "wives, honor your 
husbands." Give us husbands and wives 
like these, and our boys and girls will "honor 
their parents" and "obey them;" atid our 
land will be redeemed from the curse that 
now hangs over it, for such desecration of ho- 
ly law. Lord God, pity us all down here be- 
low. 

PUT YOURSELF THERE. 



Before you judge a man and his actions, 
try to put yourself in his place. It will save 
a great deal of misunderstanding, perhaps. 
It will save a great deal of harvesting of re- 
morse on your part, some time or other, 
and a great deal of vexation with yourself for 
ever being so blind as to misjudge him, and 
so rash as to act on your hasty judgment. 
Try to put yourself in his place, when you 
think some one has done you an injury, or 
insulted or slighted you. The matter may 
have quite a different color from his place — 
the prism that gives you the green, may be 
giving him the violet light. Try to put your- 
self in his place when you are about to pre- 
judge the methods of a man, in trying to effect 
a desirable work — and don't forget each man 
must work in his own way. In the olden 
time, four of God's servants effected the same 
thing with very different means, namely, the 
deliveranccT of God's people. With Moses it 
was a gnarled stick cut out of the thicket — a 
thorny, hard acacia, perhaps; with Shamgar, 
it was an ox-goad; with Samson it was an ass's 
jaw-bone; with David it was a smooth pebble 
from the brook. Try to put yourself in his 
place, and when, in ditl'ering honestly from a 
good man's honest convictions, you have had 
the majority with you, you will not eelfishly 
say, "Ah! did'ut we fix them! Good for our 
side!" Try to put yourself in his place, 
whenever you deal with a man, and the hori- 
z ui of your views will widen, and by no means 
limited to your hat-brim. 



ro 



THE GOSFEL MESSElSTe^EK, 



CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



In Art. 5 of the General Church Erec- 
tion and Missionary plan, unanimously adopt- 
ed by the Annual Meeting of 1884, each State 
District is urged to have some effective church 
erection and missionary plan of its own to as- 
sist weak churches in its own territory to 
build plain houses of worship and to preach 
the gospel where there are favorable open- 
ings, and the General CDmmittee may assist, 
but shall in no way interfere with, any build- 
ing or missionary work carried on by any 
district or individual church; and any church 
situated in a State District, in order to get 
through the General Committee, must apply 
to and biiUd under the direction of the Dis- 
trict Committee, and any District Committee 
unable to meet all such calls may apply to and 
receive help from the General Committee. 
By carefully reading the above section, it is 
easily seen that it is useless for any church, 
situated in a State District, to apply for help 
direct to the General Committee. Instead 
of doing that let the churches urge their re- 
spective District Meeting to adopt some ef- 
fective church erection and missionary plan 
of their own, in harmony with the general 
plan, through which the General Committee 
may assist as directed by Annual Meeting. 
In hope of assisting in developing such plans 
in the districts, the following is submitted: 

1. Let a Committee of five brethren, part 
of whom shall be ministers, part deacons and 
part lay members, but not more than two of 
either, all living sufficiently near each other 
for frequent consultation, be nominated by 
the Moderator and Clerks, and approved by 
District Mepting, to serve a term of three 
years, except the members first appointed, 

• two of whom shall serve one year, two two 
years, and one three years. 

2. Said Committee shall be called the 
Brethren's Church Erection and Missionary 

Committee of (district), of 

(state), and shall meet as often as necessary 
to carry on its work successfully. Shall elect 
its own officers; make its own by-laws; fill all 
vacancies that may incidentally occur in the 
Committee, and recommend to D. M. anything 
necessary to forward its work. 

3. The object of this Committee is, and 
shall be, to assist weak churches in the dis- 
trict to build plain houses of worship and to 
send suitable brethren to preach the gospel, 
distribute tracts, and build up churches where 
there are favorable openings, all expenses, 
both of Committee and brethren, spent on 
church work, to be paid out of the funds col- 
lected, respectively. 

4. The Committee shall not run the dis- 
trict into debt, and shall make a full report 
annually to D. M. of the amount received and 
paid out in each department, respectively, to- 
gether with the number of houses built and 
the amount of missionary work accomplished. 

HOW TO RAISE THE MEANS. 

1. To assist in building houses of worship, 
let each church in the district appoint one or 
more solicitors to circulate a subscription 



through the church to ascertain how much 
each member will give to each house built in 
this way, subscription to run two years. 

2. Let the Committee examine the condi- 
tion and surrotindings of churches calling for 
help, such churches having first subscribed 
all they could ; Committee to decid^e upon the 
propriety of building. 

For the district missionary work, let each 
member give as the Lord has prospered him, 
upon the same plan and in connection with 
the General Church Erection and Missionary 
contribution. 

CDHRESPONDENiE. 

Mission Work Continued. 



I NOW propose to give some of the reasons 
why ministers hurry from .place to place as 
they often do. 

Ist. They thus hurry because they have so 
many places to visit and they can only spare 
just so much time, consequently they must 
leave the first place at a given time; yet they 
see that a good work has been started, and 
here the faithful members come up and say. 
Brethren don't leave us now, my son or 
daughter or both, and some of my best neigh- 
bors are almost persuaded to unite with us. 
These faithful standard bearers see all this, 
and hear those earnest pleadings of other an- 
xious hearts, but they must go. Oh, why, 
brethren, say — why go just now, when the 
Lord is ready to bless? "Well, we would love 
to stay here, for we see a good work has been 
begun, but we cannot stay." Well, can you 
not remain here just one more day ? "No; we 
must go, our word is out to be at another 
place at a given time, and we have to go just 
now, or we will fail to make our words true." 
But why did you promise to be there so soon? 
"Because we can only afford to be from home 
so many days, and we must return on time, 
or our crop will go to waste." Well, have you 
no one there to look after your interest ? "The 
only one there is my wife, and she has enough 
to do to care for those who are helpless them- 
selves." Now all this and a great deal more 
has been so oft repeated that it is very famil- 
iar to me. Will those who have the love of 
God in their hearts come forward and say 
that this is as it ought to be? 1 think not. 
There is a great work for the church to do, 
and that is to come to the rescue of those who 
are sacrificing themselves and their means 
for the souls of the perishing. Then the 
minister can continue his work at one place 
long enough to gather in the sheaves as they 
are fully ripened by a thorough conversion. 

2d. The second reason for not remaining 
longer at one place, is because heretofore it 
has not been the usage of our people, as a 
rule, to hold more than two or three meetings 
at a place, and the old fathers are not to be 
frowned upon for their care, let, because of 
this watchfulness on the part of our brethren, 
many have been made to refuse to preach 
many discourses at one place, as did the apos- 
tles. Why, say many, did the apostles con- 
tinue at one place and preach a eeries of dis- 
courses? I will, by way of an answer, give 



you what the word of the Lord says about it. 
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, 
they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus 
Christ." Acts 5: 42. Now, notice first what 
they preached; not death-bed scenes, etc, but 
Jesus Christ. Therefore go thou and do like- 
wise. Second, notice that this occurred daily, 
not now and then or occasionally, but daily, 
and it does not say how long this continued. 
So if you and I preach Jesus Christ, it does 
not matter how long we preach. Again, "And 
he continued there a year and six months, 
teaching the word of God among them." Acts 
18: 11. This was a rather long series of teach- 
ing, but as long as we do as Paul did, we are 
safe. He taught the word of God unto the 
people, so let us do the same thing. "In this 
case the work went on daily for the space of 
two years. And the result was that all they 
which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the 
Lord Jesus." 

Notice, in each case cited, the teaching was 
of the same character. That is, the word of 
the Lord was the thing taught. So then no 
fault can properly be alleged to any one who 
will preach the word of the Lord, even if he 
does continue many days. But we must 
change the system of work so that our poor 
brethren, who are faithful, may minister in 
holy things without distraction, or without 
being hurried, so that they cannot discharge 
their duty in the ministry. As it is they 
must limit themselves in point of time, so 
that their work is greatly hindered. 

A. Hutchison. 



From Wasbingrton Co., Tcnn. 



The D. M. was recalled from Blount Co., 
and was held at Pleasant Valley church, 
Washington Co., Nov. 14 and 15. There was 
the usual attendance of delegates and others. 
The business was disposed of satisfactorily. 
One person united with the church, on Sun- 
day, by baptism. 

The Brethren of the Lime Stone church 
are now building a new meeting-house where 
the old one stood. They have it weather- 
boarded and covered, and have been holding 
the regular meeting at the Oakdale school- 
house near by. The fourth Sunday of De- 
cember the ministers concluded to hold meet- 
ings during the next week at night. There 
were five baptized. 

The Brethren of the Pleasant Yiew church 
expect to commence a series of meetings at 
the Cedar Hill school house the first of Feb- 
ruary and continue over the second Sunday 
at Pleasant View church. We have had a 
few cold days; had a very dry fall till the 
middle of December. Had a great deal of 
rain since; though we should be thankful for 
the blessings that we enjoy. 

Henry M. Sherfy. 

Jan. 13. 

1 » I 

From Mingo, Jasper Co., Iowa. 



We have again been made to rejoice be- 
cause two precious souls have been made 
willing to forsake sin and come out on the 
Lord's side. The last day of December we 
commenced meetings here at Green Valley, 
and the 2d of January brother F. McCune 



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71 



came to cur assistance. He staid with us 
just one week and labored very hard and 
faithful while with us. Quite an interest was 
manifested, and there was a crowded house 
every night. We were all made to feel sorry 
to see him leave so soon. Though he left us, 
we did not close the meeting, but continued 
it three days longer by our home minister. 
We can truly say we were all made to feel en- 
couraged, and our spiritual strength has been 
renewed. We feel stronger fortified now to 
battle with Satan. We still have our prayer- 
meeting every Sunday evening; we have some 
very enjoyable seasons. All seem to be in 
love and union and up to duty. May the 
good Lord still keep us faithful to the end, 
is my prayer. Lizzie Hilary. 



From Braideii Creek, Fla. 



Since my last letter appeared in the paper, 
I have received several letters and postals 
asking about Florida, several of them enclos- 
ing no stamp. 1 wish to say through the 
Messenger that I cannot answer letters with- 
out stamps, es our circumstances are such 
that we cannot afford it. And will say fur- 
ther that it is useless to correspond about 
Florida, to know whether you will like it or 
not; you must come and see. Those taking 
the Companion will learn more about it than 
I could tell them. 

We have had no frost at our place this win- 
ter. One slight frost has been reported in 
the neighborhood, but did no damage. We 
have some tomatoes as large as hickory nuts, 
also onions and lettuce ready for the table. 
We rejoice that there is one church in Flori- 
da, and hope enough Brethren will settle here 
to build up a church at this place. 

AVe received a letter from Bro. Gray say- 
ing he thought of coming down here, but last 
night received another saying he thought of 
locating near Waldo. We are very sorry he 
did not come here. We think Brethren com- 
ing to Florida ought to settle here or with 
Bro. Moore, as more good could be done than 
to scatter so. Our county is perhaps not so 
good for Home things as the northern and 
middle counties, but we think it is more free 
from frost. Effie C. Woodard. 



From Alpena, Jerauld Co., Pak. 



We still continue our meetings ever alter- 
nate Sunday in Alpena. Methodists also hold 
meeting there. We have now a large school- 
house to worship in; very good interest man- 
ifested. We expect to hold meetings soon in 
Beadle Co., in the new school-house near Bro. 
George Royer's. Bro. lloyer is wide awake 
for meetings. He and his dear wife are val- 
iant soldiers of the Cross. We have had very 
pleasant weather all fall and winter up till 
Di-cember IGth, when the weather grew cold. 
The morning of the 17th the mercury was 15' 
below ZBio; at noon, 5 below; on 18th, 25 be- 
low; evening, 8 below; 10th, in morning, 10 
below; evening 2 above. The weather then 
became warmer, followed by a little snow from 
the south-east, but not enough to make sleigh- 
ing. 

I made a short visit to Iowa and Illinois 
this fall. On my return to Dakota I had the 



exquisite pleasure of having a son-in-law and 
two daughters, one of which is his wife, move 
to our country. All are pleased and feel 
much at home. If there are any Brethren 
that would wish to locate in Dakota, we can 
accommodate them -with good farms. For 
ministers there is plenty of work to do in the 
vineyard of the Lord. Come and let us have 
a feast of fat things. All are well. 

B. F. Miller. 



Marsh Creek Items No. it. 



Five names were added to the church roll 
at this place during the year 1884. Five were 
erased, having gone to try the realities of the 
eternal world. Thus we stand, numerically, 
as a 3 ear ago. While we cannot rejoice over 
a great influx to the church, we do rejoice that 
no distixrbing element has risen up to demor- 
alize our little band, or to retard oar spirit- 
ual progress. 

As yet, the Mission Board has not sent us 
a representative. We are hopeful, however, 
and have had an inkling that brother E. W. 
Stoner will spend some time with us dur- 
ing the present winter. Elder Daniel Dear- 
dorflf, of Rock River church, spent several 
weeks visiting relatives in this and neighbor- 
ing churches. During his sojourn he preach- 
ed sound doctrine, the good seed of which, 
for aught we know, may now be germinating. 
He and his companion were the guests of 
many Brethren, which leave for them pleas- 
ant remembrances. B. F. KiTTiNGEp. 

Jan. 15. 

■ ♦ ■ 

From Covington, Ohio. 



Commenced meetings in the Brethren's 
meeting-house, in Covington, on the evening 
of the 2nd of January. It was soon appar- 
ent that the members were in earnest, and 
expected to do their share of the work then 
before them, which was manifested by the 
very good attendance and attention, during 
the entire meeting, and they were diligent 
in putting forth every effort to advance the 
cause. This is as it should be. The people 
of Covington and vicinity took a becoming 
interest in the meeting. The congregations 
were, it is said, unusually large. The day- 
meetings were remarkably well attended 
throughout. Had meeting every day, at 
10: 30, with the exception of the Saturdays. 
Preached in the day meetings to the mem- 
bers, and at night something for the sinner. 
The immediate result of the meeting was 
nineteen accessions, including one restored 
from the Progressive faction. The outlook 
is favorable for an ingathering of many oth- 
ers. Closed on the night of the ISth. The 
church hero is under the efficient care of eld- 
ers Samuel Mohler and I. J. Rosenberger, 
assisted by brethren William Boggs and A. 
Rosenberger, and a number of worthy dea- 
cons. We consider this church in good work- 
ing order. They also have an interesting 
Sunday-school, which, we think, is doing a 
good work. 

I shall remember with pleasure the good 
mietings and times of refreshing we had to- 
gether at Covington. Had often to think of 



our worthy and esteemed brother, James 
(fainter, who once lived and labored here. — 
During our stay, sister Mohler (wife of Eld. 
Samuel Mohler), being sorely flUlicted, was 
anointed with oil, in the name of the Lord. 
May the rich blessings of God attend her 
and her husband. While we made quite a 
number of calls, we love to call to mind the 
little seasons of worship we had together. — 
The kind hospitality and sociability of the 
brethren, and sisters, and people of Coving- 
ton, deserve many thanks. I especially feel 
indebted to brother and sister I J. Rosen- 
berger, who had the greatest part of the 
burden of an unworthy servant. May the 
Lord bless all whose kindness we have shar- 
ed. Lewis W. Teeter. 



From Liongmout, Colo. 



To- DAY we were made to realize "what we 
are, by following one of our dear sisters in 
Christ to her last resting-place. Sister Cay- 
lor was a very consistent member. She has 
been afflicted for many years, and last spring 
she came to Colorado for her health, but, 
like many others, waited too long, — the gold- 
en bowl was too near severed. The writer 
tried to talk to a sympathizing congregation, 
on the subject of trying to prepare for the 
future world. Sister Caylor leaves a hus- 
band and five children to mourn their loss, 
but we have reason to believe our loss is her 
eternal gain. G. W. Fesler. 

■Tan. 9. 

: ■ ♦ ■ 

From East Niniishillen Church, O. 



On Dec. 31,Bro. John Metzler, of Indiana, 
came to us and began a series of meetings at 
the Brick meeting-house, and on Jan. 1, Bro. 
George Worst, of Maple Grove, Ohio, came. 
These two brethren continued the meetings 
until the evening of the 6th. On the even- 
ing of the 7th they commenced preaching at 
the Lake meeting-house, where they contin- 
ued until the evening of the 11th. They 
preached in the morning and evening while 
with us. The attendance, part of the time, 
was not so good, on account of bad roads, 
but those who did attend had a feast of fat 
things. The members were richly admon- 
ished to do their duty to themselves, their 
children, and to their God. The dangerous 
condition of those outside of the pales of the 
church, and the way to escape the dangers 
of the wrath to come, were so clearly and 
so forcibly set before them, that it seems as 
if nothing but a strong will to the contrary 
could prevent them from embracing the op- 
portunity of choosing that good part and 
provide for the one thing needful. We trust 
the seed sown will soon take root and grow, 
and bring forth fruit. Brethren Metlzerand 
Worst are very prudent and zealous workers 
in the vineyard of the Lord. May the grace 
of God continue with them, that they may 
continue to proclaim the word of eternal 
truth. Bro. A. H. Kreighbnum, of South 
Bend, Indiana, and .some of our neighboring 
ministers were also present, part of the time, 
and assisted in the exercises of the meetings. 

A. Bbumbaioh. 



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Bb ethren's PuBusEnNQ Co., Mt. Mobeis, Oole Co., 111. 
Bbethren's Pdblishino Co., Box 50. Huntingdon, Pa. 
Kyutti Hooka and Hymnals to be sent by mail may be 
ordered from either place. When to be sent by Express, order 
from the nearest office 



Mt. Morri.s, 111., - 



Feb. 3, 1885. 



Brother John Metzler is laboring for the 
Brethren in Columbiana Co., Ind., to the" 
general acceptance of all. 



Bro. I. J. Roeenberger is preaching for the 
Brethren in the Ankneytown church, Ohio, 
and will continue the meetings for some time. 



Nineteen were added to the church re- 
cently at Covington, Ohio, as will be seen by 
reading Bro. Lewis Teeter's letter in another 
column. 

Bro. Samuel Shaver reports four additions 
to the Logan church, Ohio, by baptism. One 
of them had been a member of the Old Order 
Brethren. 

Bro. Lemuel Hillery, with his family, is 
now in Maryland, and will make his home 
there for some time. Those wishing to cor- 
respond with him can do so by addressing 
him at New Windsor, Carroll Co , Md. 



The Brethren at Grundy Centre have en- 
joyed a rich feast. Bro. Jesse Calvert was 
with them for a short time. Sixteen were 
baptized, two reclaimed and at last reports 
two more had made application to be receiv- 
ed by baptism. 

The Brethren are holding a series of meet- 
ings in the West Branch church, eight miles 
north-west of this place. Hope they may 
have good meetings, and that their efforts to 
save souls may be blessed. Bro. Jesse Heck- 
ler is preaching for them. 

Three students were baptized at our regu- 
lar meeting at Silver Creek last Sunday. It 
was a very cold day. The ice was removed 
from the stream and the young soldiers of 
the cross went bravely down into the water 
and were baptized into Christ. 

The Brethren at Gravelton, Ind., have 
been holding some interesting meetings of 
late. TvKfilve united with the church and 
much good was done. A report of the meet- 
ing, from Bro. J. H. Miller, was received too 
late for this number. It will appear next 
week. 



The Brethren are holding a series of inter- 
esting mestings at Oakley, Macon Co., HI. 
At last reports four had been baptized and 
others were almost persuaded. The meetings 
will continue. 



We call attention to Bro. J. B. Lair's ap- 
peal in this number, for assistance for a fam- 
ily of poor members, who have lost nearly all 
they had of this world's goods by fire. Let 
us bear each other's burdens and help the un- 
fortunate. 

Bro. Ezra J. Nehr, of Berne, Adams Co., 
Ind., has located at Keuka, Fla., where he 
expects to make his home. The church at 
Keuka is growing rapidly in numbers. The 
rigid cold of the northern winters makes many 
of us think about the pleasant climate of the 
South. 

Send us reports of meetings. Make -them 
short, but not too short to notfc all that is 
necessary to be said. Wherever a series of 
meetings are held, let some one write us in re- 
gard to it. It is encouraging to our readers to 
read of the progress of the good work. We 
would like to have a correspondent in every 
congregation in the Brotherhood. 

We have a number of excellent articles on 
our essay hook, which will appear in the 
Messenger in due time. Among the num- 
ber we may name "Family Worship," by J. 
H. Moore; "The Building up of Zion," by S. 
T. Bosserman; "According to Your Faith be 
it Unto You," by Daniel Hays; "God in Nat- 
ure," by James M. Neff. In addition to 
these, we have a number, equally interesting 
and instructive. Oar readers may be assur- 
ed of good reading for some time to come in 
the essay department of our paper. 



Bro. J. G. Royer will hold several meet- 
ings in Chicago in the near future. A hall 
has been rented ; and if the Lord will, and 
the people desire it, meetings will be held 
there regularly. Bro. B. A. Hadsell has been 
distributing tracts, and has also done some 
work in visiting and talking to the people 
privately, and now comes a call for preach- 
ing. We trust the Lord will open the way 
for a good work in Chicago. There are many 
precious souls there who are sadly neglected 
spiritually, and here is, no doubt, a field 
opening for the Brethren. 

Our Annual Meeting will be held in Penn- 
sylvania this year, and no doubt many of our 
Western Brethren will visit friends in the 
East. These annual reunions of the mem- 
bers of the church are productive of good, 
looked at simply from a social standpoint. 
Meeting old friends, renewing acquaintances, 
and learning to know one another has a won- 
derful influence in strengthening the bond of 
love that unites us in one body. And whilst 
we do not think it a good plan to prepare for 
such immense crowds as we had at Dayton, 
yet we hope that nothing will be done to keep 
our members from coming together as our 
fathers did, to enjoy each other's company, to 
hold social intercourse, and to strengthen the 
bond of union and love that should charac- 
terize the church of the living God. 



The weather here has been extremely cold. 
On the night of the 21st inst., the mercury 
registered 30^ below zero. At this writing it 
has moderated, and we are in the midst of a 
heavy snow storm. Trains have been much 
delayed, and our regular mails have failed to 
arrive on time. 



Many of our churches are holding series 
of meetings, and sinners are being converted 
and gathered into the fold of Christ. And 
while this good work is being done, the mem- 
bers of the church are also being strength- 
ened, and awakened to a more lively interest 
in the work of the Master. We would re- 
joice to hear that every congregation in the 
Brotherhood is enjoying such a season of 
grace. All can have it, for the Lord is ever 
gracious and willing to give to those who ask 
in faith. Let us do our part and trust in 
Him. Do not let this winter pass away with- 
out making an extra effort to bring your sons 
and daughters and your neighbors to Christ. 



It is not needful that, in order to hold suc- 
cessful meetings, you should wait for the 
help of brethren from other congregations. 
Let the home ministers begin the work, and 
hold meetings for several weeks. In these 
meetings the lay members should show their 
interest, first, by attending themselves, and 
second, by getting their neighbors to go with 
them. Show your ministers, by your zeal in 
going to meeting yourselves and getting oth- 
ers to go, that you are in earnest in the work, 
and it will stimulate them and help them in 
their work. In this way good meetings will 
be held, the cause of our Divine Master pro- 
moted, and your congregation built up and 
made strong. Nothing unites Christians 
more than to work together for the Lord. — 
Let the good work begin now. 



Economy is a virtue, but wastefulness is, 
akin to sin. Jesus taught an important les- 
son when, he commanded the disciples to 
take up the fragments that remained after 
the miraculous feeding of the multitude, so 
that nothing was wasted. ■ Waste begets 
want, and with want comes misery and suf- 
fering. Much of the want, in this land of 
plenty, comes from extravagant living and 
reckless wasting. Men and women spend 
their money in many ways for that which is 
not bread. Fashion demands a large share 
of their income, and it is given gladly. The 
appetite for strong drink, for tobacco, and 
for luxuries, must be gratified, and another 
large portion of their living is wasted; a 
thousand times worse than wasted. 

According to the Jewish Talmud, God has 
appointed an angel of crumbs, whose duty it 
is to punish, by extreme want, those who 
waste, or carelessly throw away even crumbs 
of bread. It must be a sad reflection to those 
who once had great plenty, and who, by 
wasting their substance extravagantly, are 
brought to want, to think, that if they now only 
had what was then wasted, they should be 
well off indeed. We should not, however, 
go to the other extreme, for, whilst economy 
is a virtue, stinginess is a siu, and of all men 
the miser is the most detestable. 



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78 



LILIES OF THE FIELD. 



In our ride from Nazareth to the sea of 
Galilee, whilst traveling in the Holy Land, 
we passed by what is generally believed to 
be the mountain on which our Savior deliver- 
ed the greatest sermon that ever fell from 
the lips of man. The side of the mountain 
and the plain at its foot was literally covered 
with the beautiful lilies of the field in full 
bloom. As we admired the beautiful flowers 
so richly and delicately painted by the hand 
of God, we thought that it must have been at 
this season of the year, with the fair blossoms 
blooming all around him, that the great 
Teacher uttered the words: "Cgnsider tho lil- 
ies of the field, how they grow; they toil not 
neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you 
that Solomon in all his glory was not array- 
ed like one of these." 

We considered them and well could we be- 
lieve that Israel's great and wise king had no 
array like this humble flower blooming on 
God's footstool. And yet the lily has some- 
thing to do. It must throw out its roots and 
tendrils, draw its sustenance from the ground 
and drink in the air and sunshine, so thai it 
may grow to a perfect flower according to its 
organization. And so, too, if man will work 
in the divine life he will grow to a perfect 
statue in Christ. The Master does not in- 
tend to teach idleness. We must work dili- 
gently in the vineyard from the hour we en- 
ter it until the day closes. But he would 
teach us to be not too careful about the things 
pertaining to this life, for of a truth, as has 
been said, "Care welds an iron band for every 
brow." 



STUDY THE WORD. 



A MINISTER once said; "I can easily talk 
an hour to an audience, why should I spend 
time in studying to preach?" 

Ministers should not forget that sermons 
are measured, relative to the good they do, 
not by their length, but by the food they 
contain for hungry souls. In other words, 
quality, not quantity, should govern our 
preachers. What you say, is of more impor- 
tance than the question of how long you can 
speak. Some men will say more in forty 
minutes than others in twice that time, sim- 
ply because they study their subjects. 

It is safe, we think, to say that no man can 
preach the word acceptably unless he makes 
the Bible his constant study, and at the same 
time uses such other helps as are consistent 
with our holy religion. Paul's charge to 
Timothy is full of significance to those who 
are set to preach the Word: — "Study to show 
thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of truth." If Timothy, who had been a 
close student of the Scriptures from Lis 
childhood, had need of such an admonition, 
how much more is there need of it to-day. 



Let no one say, I can preach well enough; I 
understand the Scriptures well enough; I 
need not study. You must study if you 
would please God, and as a workman receive 
divine approbation. AVe believe in heart 
preaching. A sermon that comes from the 
heart goes to the heart, and will do more good 
than a score of cold, intellectual discourses. 
But the head and the heart must both be in 
the work. No man can tell anything unless 
he knows it, and iione of us know anything 
that we have not learned. The man who uses 
the means to obtain knowledge which God 
has placed within his reach, who makes the 
Scriptures his constant and unremitting study, 
and comes humbly to God for wisdom and 
judgment to rightly use the knowledge he 
has gained, will no doubt not be ashamed of 
his work in the ministration of the gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 



GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS. 



After our Savior had the multitude fed, 
he commanded the disciples to gather lip 
fr.agments. We recommend this idea to our 
agents. The most of you have now been 
over the field and gathered in the bulk of the 
subscribers, but, no doubt there are some 
that have been missed, or, perhaps, were not 
ready at the first call.- These, figuratively 
speaking, are the fragments, and we kindly 
ask our agents to go and gather them. They 
may make precious sheaves, and will help to 
enlarge our list, or make them better work- 
ers in the Master's vineyard. As the phys- 
ical body needs bread and meat, as food to 
give it nourishment, so must the spiritual 
man eat the words of life, that they may 
grow to the stature of manhood and woman- 
hood in Christ Jesus. H. B. B. 



NOTES FROM OUR CORRE- 
SPONDENTS. 



At this season of the year we get more cor- 
respondence than we can find space for in the 
columns usually set apart for such communi- 
cations. We here give some gleanings and 
extracts from letters received and hope that 
this will prove satisfactory to the writers, and 
also to our readers : 

— Bro. J. C. Smith, of Cherry Valley, Kan., 
says that there are five members living there 
and they would like to have some one come 
and preach for them. 

— Bro. Custer, of Macon, Mich., would not 
like to do without the Messenger. It brings 
him and his family much spiritual food. He 
thinks the Brethren should read the Messen- 
ger, rather than the political papers of the 
day. 

— Bro. S. T. Harnes, of St. Louis, Mo., 
writes to encourage the Brethren to faithful- 
ness in their calling. He exhorts them to 
peace and union, and says we should bear 
each other's burdens and so help them and 
ourselves on the way to heaven. 



— Bro. J. W. Shulmier, of Sugar Ridge 
church, Mich., writes that they have eighteen 
members but no meeting-house. They hold 
meetings in private houses and also in the 
school-houses each Lord's day. They seem 
to be zealous in the cause of the Master. 

— Sister Martha Brown, of Oto, Woodbury 
Co., Iowa, wants to change her location so 
that she may get into an organized church of 
the Brethren. She will exchange her farm 
for land in southern Nebraska, Kansas, or 
Missouri. She would also like to have the 
address of Bro. Washington Wiland. 

— Bro. Jacob F. Gauby, of Peabody, Kan., 
thinks they ought to have more help in the 
ministry. He is anxious fo see the church 
prosper, but as they have meetings only once 
in four weeks, the work does not move so rap- 
idly as it would if they had more help. The 

church there might do well to consider this 
matter. 

— Bro. John H. Stager, of Buckley, III., is 
isolated from the Brethren, but he is labor- 
ing for the truth and is holding up the prin- 
ciples of the church among his neighbors. 
He says: "If some of the Brethren were iso- 
lated from the church and Brethren as I am 
they would have more patience with the 
Brethren. Pemember, in patience possess ye 
your souls." 

—Bro. S. H. Caylor, of NoblesviUe, Ind., 
reports an interesting series of meetings in 
their congregation. Bro. Levi Holsinger, of 
Delaware Co., Ind., preached fifteen sermons 
for them. Five united with the church by 
baptism, "and others are almost persuaded, 
but like Agrippa, say, Not just now. Bro. 
Holsinger is a faithful laborer in the vine- 
yard of the Lord. Come again and make our 
souls glad," 

— Bro. J. S. Shafi'er, of Brush Creek, Mo., 
writes that the expected discussion between 
Bro. J. S. Mohler and Eld. Wm. Love, of the 
Baptist church, on trine immersion, did not 
take place on account of the failure of the el- 
der to put in an appearance. Bro. Mohler 
remained with the Brethren and held a series 
of meetings. The result was three were bap- 
tized. Tho church there has passed through 
troublous times. By division it was reduced 
to six members and one deacon; but now*it is 
again growing stronger. At present they 
have twenty-four members. 

— Bro. David Brower, of Macleay, Oregon, 
says: "At my last report I was at Waverly, 
Spokane Co., W. Ter., where I continued 
meetings for a few days longer, and then 
went to Lone Pine and Moscow, Idaho Ter. 
At the latter place attended five meetings 
with the Brethren." From this point brother 
Brower visited Theon, Aeotin, Lnke, Peola, 
Troyer, Deadmau Gulch, Patcha City, Kirby, 
Walla Walla, and at epch of these places held 
meetings. He reports good interest. In 
closing his letter he writes, "I had a very 
pleasant trip and enjoyed good health. — 
Preached sixty-four sermons in about seven- 
ty-four days. Had three adilitions by bap- 
tism and six by letter. Oh, that ministers, 
sound in the faith, would come to this coast 
and help to carry on the work of the Lord. 
Will not some heed the call?" 



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THE GOST^EL MESSEI^QEH. 



LEAVES FKOM OUR NOTE-BOOK. 



SYMPATHY FOR THE UNGODLY. 

In No. 3, brbther Orr, in contemplating 
the sin and woe surrounding him, says: "T 
wish, sometimes, I could cry, and would 
force a cry if I thought it would do any 
good." A forced cry, we do not suppose, 
would do any good, but the desire to have 
such a sympathetic feeling for sinners, as 
would originate tears, is commendable. This 
feeling Paul had, and we believe every min- 
ister and Christian worker should have it. — 
There is too much cold formalism in our 
Christian work. Some ministers' preaching 
indicates about this kind of a feeling. It is 
my duty to tell you, sinner, of your unsaved 
condition; I mean to warn you, but it don't 
make any particular difference to me wheth- 
er you are saved or not. If you are lost, it is 
your own fault. Others, again, are hardly 
actuated from a sense of duty. They preach 
because there is an appointment to fill — be- 
cause it is their "turn" to preach, and are 
right glad when it is done. Now, this indif- 
ferent feeling is far from that manifested by 
Christ and his apostles. Jesus said it was 
his meat and drink to do his Father's will. 
Paul says that "by the space of three years 
he ceased not to warn every one night and 
day, with tears." The persons warned were 
the inhabitants of Ephesus. In the nine- 
teenth chapter and eighth verse of Acts, we 
learn that he spoke in the Jewish synagogue 
for three months, and in the thirty first verse 
of the twentieth chapter, quoted above, he 
tells us with what deep interest and feeling 
he persuaded the people "concerning the 
kingdom of God." These references show 
how a minister's sympathies should be awak- 
ened in view of the sinner's condition. Nor 
should this feeling be confined to the minis- 
try. All Christians should have something 
to say for Christ, and should be in readiness 
to give a warning voice to those who are on 
the downward road. This should be done in 
no cold, formal way. We should do it be- 
cause we love their souls, and are deeply in- 
terested in their salvation; because the sin- 
ner's way retards God's work, and prevents 
the progress and triumph of the gospel. In 
short, we hope all Christian workers will, 
like brother Orr, desire and pray for more of 
that earnestness that becomes a work fraught 
with such great results as that of reforming 
the world. 

HARD TIMES. 

There is a great deal of talk about hard 
times, and the causes given are numerous. 
Some say the cause is over-production. By 
this they mean that our farmers have raised 
too much grain, and our manufacturers made 
too many goods. As a result, our markets 
are glutted and business is at a stand-still. 
There seems to be some truth in this, yet, if 
the hungry were all fed and properly cloth- 
ed, there would, perhaps, not be any too 



much. We would not be surprised to learn, 
before the winter is over, of much suffering 
in some of our towns and cities for the want 
of the very things of which it is claimed 
there is an over-abundance. It, therefore, 
seems to us that there is not really an over- 
production. Th^ trouble is, the good things, 
so liberally lavished upon us, are not proper- 
ly distributed. Some again say, that the 
hard times are the result of low wages. The 
laboring class are not paid so that they can 
afford to buy food, clothing, etc., and, there- 
fore, business is at a stand- still. But is this 
really so? Farmers say wages are tjo high 
that they cannot afford to hire. In fact, un- 
til quite recently, all who wanted work could 
get it at a fair price. Now, farmers, in con- 
sequence of the low price of grain and the 
wages asked, hire as little as possible. In 
fact, the laboring man can purchase more 
iiour for the wages he gets now than he could 
years ago when times were considered bet- 
ter. Perhaps, laboring men would get more 
to do, and would get along better, if they 
would take less wages. Some, again, say 
hard times are the result of a lack of confi- 
dence, and it may be that some strong par- 
ties do not have much faith in the coming 
administration, yet we find business men 
ready to do business, and are only too ready 
to be trusted. They were, perhaps, never 
more ready to trust with anything like good 
security. After all, it seems to us, that the 
true cause of hard times is back of all these. 
May it not be that it is God's hand laid on a 
worldly-minded, God- forgetting people? — 
May not this financial depression be intend- 
ed to cause us to pause and consider? At 
least, it seems to us, that Christians should 
regard these times as a warning voice, and 
come back to a closer dependence on God, 
and a deeper devotion to him. "All things 
work together for good to them that love the 
Lord." Let us, who love the Lord, not mur- 
mur and complain. We have, perhaps, been 
too extravagant, we have lived too fast, and, 
as a result, have become too worldly-minded. 
Now, let us take these stringent times as a 
warning voice, and endeavor to wean our- 
selves more from the world, and consecrate 
ourselves and- all we have more fully to God. 

I'AUL ADMINISTERING TO HIS NECESSITIES. 

Those ministers who will not, under any 
circumstances, labor with their own hands, 
should learn a lesson from the example of 
Paul, as given in the Sunday-school lesson, 
No. 3. He says, "I have coveted no man's 
silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye your- 
selves know, that these hands have minister- 
ed unto my necessities, and to them that 
were with me." There are many ministers, 
at the present day, who can hardly say what 
Paul did. The fact is, many regard the min- 
istry as a profession like medicine, law. etc., 
and would not preach at all were it not for 
the compensation they receive. Hence, we 



often hear it said of ministers, and justly 
too, "money is their object." If all our min- 
isters were as careful as Paul was, not to 
give occasion for such accusations, and were 
as good examples of industry, these charges 
would not be made. This, however, does not 
prove that Paul would not take something 
for his support under other circumstances. 
He had a special object in laboring with 
his own hands on this occasion, and this was 
to convince the people that it w&s not their 
silver and gold he wanted. He had a higher 
purpose. And we would suggest to minis- 
ters, who are in the habit of making demands 
of their people until they become burden- 
some, so much' so that the cause is hindered 
by it, that they follow Paul's plan. We be- 
lieve it would work well. To those of our 
brethren who discard the idea of ministerial 
support entirely, we say, Head the ninth 
chapter of first Corinthians, from the seventh 
verse to the fifteenth, and ponder it well. — 
Paul says he coveted no man's gold or silver; 
he preached the gospel of Christ without 
charge, but he gives us, the laity of the 
church, to understand what is our duty. To 
our mind, there is nothing plainer than our 
duty to the ministry. ,T. B. B. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

As oold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 
country. 

From Claar Cluircli, Pa. 



The brethren and sisters are in a healthy 
condition spiritually. Bro. Michael Claar 
held a series of meetings; preached thirteen 
sermons for us. The attendance and order 
were very good. The church experienced 
quite a revival, and was permitted to rejoice 
for the good attendance. We hope that the 
good seed sown may take root and be water- 
ed by the dews of heaven and 'bring forth 
fruit in due season. May the blessings of 
God be with us all. C. F. Lingenfelter. 

Jan, 8. 

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From Egloii, West Va. 



I HAVE, in the past year, read your valua- 
ble paper more carefully than ever, and have 
realized a great deal of good from it. Many 
tears of joy have been shed in reading over 
the accessions to the church. I have count- 
ed the accessions made during the past year, 
and find the number to be 2493. This is en- 
encouraging to me; one of my own sons is 
among the number. Brethren and sisters, 
how many of you can say, "Yes, one, two, 
three, or perhaps more, of my sons and daugh- 
ters are in the number?" O, how I long to 
see them all come to Christ. And to you 
who have come out on the Lord's side in 
1884, how does 1885 meet you? I hope, still 
strong in the faith. Perhaps some parents 
will say, "My children are yet all out of 
Christ." If this is the case, I wish to call 
upon all for a close examination, and see if 
we, as parents, have discharged our duty. — 
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of first Beeking the kingdom of God and bis 
righteousness? TIave we taught them that 
Christ is the way and the only way? Or have 
we left them under the impression that one 
way is as good as another? I have often 
met with such members, and it seemed to be 
a wonder to them why their children stand 
outside of the church. No wonder to mo. 
In looking over the Ministerial List in our 
Almanac, I find 1745 names; and then, turn- 
ing to the 2493 accessions during the past 
year, it caused a wonder in my mind, whether 
we, as ministers, have done all we could. I 
fear not. Have we, as a church, done all we 
could? Elders, ministers, laity, let us all 
look at this candidly. Now, for a new reso- 
lution to do all we can for souls, in 1885. — 
Troubles and trials have been our lot for sev- 
eral years in the German settlement. At 
this time we anticipate a bright future. We 
ask the prayers of all God's faithful, — praise 
God for the past, and trust in him for the 
future. Aaron Fike. 

Dec. 27. 

1 » « 

From Moscow, IdaLo Ty. 



I ^YOULD wish to say to you, there was a 
mistake made in No. 49, page 767, in an ar- 
ticle headed 'Education." It says Samuel 
was a teacher in the colleges of the prophets. 
Now, read in 1 Sam. 19: 20. Samuel is nam- 
ed there, and he also refers to 2 Kings 2: 5, 
and 4: 38. He says, "It seems Samuel was a 
teacher in the colleges of the prophets." — 
Now, read 1 Sam. 7: IG. It says Samuel was 
a judge, not a teacher in colleges. My reasons 
for calling your attention to this is, that such 
mistakes may make bad impressions, and 
should be corrected. Isaac Hershey. 

[There seems to be no doubt that the 
prophets had schools, or, at least, they were 
under instructions, as the Scriptures above 
referred to would appear to show. In 2 
Kings 22: 14, we have an account of Huldah, 
the prophetess, who dwelt in the college at 
Jerusalem. She told those who were sent to 
her, God's purpose in regard to Jerusalem 
and encouraged Josiah in his good purposes. 
In refeience to Sam. 19: 20, it would seem 
that here the prophet Samuel was appoint- 
ed to stand over the prophets. And whilst 
he judged Israel, he may also have been a 
master, a teacher, an overseer of the proph- 
ets. We think the Scriptures referred to 
will bear this interpretation without doing 
violence, to the text. — Ed J 



From Survey, Knu. 



As my subscription has expired, I will 
again renew, as we feel lost without tho G. 
M. May the good Lord, who is able to do 
abundantly above all that you can ask, or 
think, assist you in the great and good work 
in which you are engaged. Many hearts are 
lightened; many homes are made happy; 
many firesides are made cheerful and bright- 
er; and many saints kept from falling, by 
the weekly visits of your paper, bringing 
good tidings of great joy. We are very 
much isolated, and cannot do without the G. 



M. as long as we can raise the money requir- 
ed. So, when we do not subscribe, you may 
know that it is poverty. Wm. S. Watts. 

Jan. 9. 

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From Walnut, Kan. 



Brethren Martin and J. F. Nehr came to 
us on Jan. 8, and preached five sermons. — 
The brethren have not preached here for 
several years, and the doctrine is new to 
many. Attendance was good, considering 
the muddy roads. Much interest was mani- 
fested. The brethren were kindly received 
by all, and invited to come again. May the 
Lord help them to come again and break 
the Bread of Life to our hungry souls. 

Jan. L2. E. T. GARpiNER. 



From Aliens, O. 



I RECEIVED your paper for 1884, and am 
very thankful to you for it. I am a cripple 
and cannot attend church, and am very lone- 
ly without the Messenger. As I am poor, 
and unable to work, I cannot pay for it, but 
the Lord says^ "Ack and ye shall receive."^ 
Now, I ask you to send me the paper free, 
and I hope you will not refuse my request. 
I am twenty-two years old, and have never 
walked in my life, and am compelled to stay 
in bed nearly all the time. I hope you will 
send the paper, and the Lord will recom- 
pense you for it. Annie Layman. 

The paper has been sent to the poor sister, 
as well as to a number of others, who ask for 
it in such terms that we cannot refuse. We 
hope some who are able will help us to bear 
the burden. — Ed. 



From Geneva, Neb. 



The G. M is a welcome visitor to myself 
and wife. We gladly read the sermons writ- 
ten by the hands influenced from on high. — 
We left Indiana last February and emigrated 
West. Like the country very well. Have 
had good crops here. We have not the op- 
portunity to go to the meetings of the breth- 
ren as we would like. There are no brethren 
within eighteen or twenty miles of us. We 
have a large field in which to labor, and no 
one to do the work. Pray that laborers may 
be sent into the harvest. J. B. Miller. 

Jan. 11. 

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A Visit to Moncclona. 



Moncelona is about fifty miles south of 
this place. Bro. J. Stutzman, wife and self 
visited the members there, Nov. 4, and held 
six meetings with them. One young woman, 
Bro. Weirich's daughter, made application 
to be baptized. This was attended to on the 
20th of December, when we repaired to a 
small lake, cut the ice, which was about six 
inches thick, and went down into the water, 
and tho applicant was baptized. Some spec- 
tators were fearful lest bad results would 
follow, the water and weather being very 
cold, but God be praised, they s».w none. 
Sister Cassia was asked afterwards if she 
thought the water was cold. She said that 
she did not think it was very cold. We had 



another meeting Sunday evening, and one 
Monday evening. Tuesday morning we left 
for home. There are seven members there 
now, and I think there is a good opeuine for 
a minister to move there and do good. Peo- 
ple turn out well and pay good attention to 
preaching. They are mostly of German de- 
scent. I think some are counting the cost. 
Moncelona is quite a business place. We 
had meeting on Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas. On New Year we held onr church- 
meeting. We have meeting every Sunday. 

Samuel Weimer. 
Harbor Springs, Mich., Dec. SO. 



A Query, 



In No. 49 of the G. M., of 1884, p. 769, ap- 
peared an article referring to the command 
given by Paul to Timothy, concerning the 
qualifying of himself for the ministry. The 
writer stated, "It is, therefore, evident that 
a minister should not only know the Script- 
ures, but he should also know how to divide 
them." And further, "This knowledge can 
only ba obtained by study."' The above we 
heartily endorse. The query which arose in 
our mind, while reading the above named ar- 
ticle, ia this: How is the minister to fulfill 
this command, who is expected to preach 
every Sunday, and who is financially poor,- 
and has a family depending on him for their 
support; whose circumstances will not admit 
of his spending his time stuying as he would 
like? Besides the physical labor thus re- 
quired of him, he is expected to visit the 
sick, is called upon to preach funerals, etc., 
(all of which is his duty to do). Will some 
brother or sister please frame an answer to 
the above query ? Jane W. Rosenberger. 

Jan. 13. 

•'*-. 

From Jas. A. Sell. 



I left home, on Dee. 5, on a tour in the 
eastern part of old Pennsylvania. Spent a 
few weeks in Lancaster county, but it being 
rather German, I had not the satisfaction 
that I desired. Had not the brethren assur- 
ed me that English preaching was appreciat- 
ed, I certainly would not have tarried po 
long. The brethren of the Eastern District 
of Pennsylvania, have a mission station in 
Lackawanna county, and it is about this that 
I wish to make a little report. The people 
there are entirely English, and English 
preachers being rather scarce in the East, 
they wished me to accompany brother S. R. 
Zug, which I consented to do. Wo arranged 
to meet in Allentown, and have a little meet- 
ing in a private house for the benefit of a 
few members who live in town. We had a 
nice meeting. 

On the 2Qd of January, we started for 
Lackawanna. We passed through Lehigh, 
Carbon and Luzerne counties. Passed many 
things of interest on the way. Among them 
might be named slate tiuarries, haul coal 
mines, the historic Wyoming Valley, where 
a monument marks the place of the Wyom- 
ing Massacre of .Revolutionary days. The 
railroad wound around hills, mountains, and 
valleys, affording some fine scenery. We 
had to stay over night in Scranton, proba- 



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bly the largest miuicg town in the state. On 
Jan. 3, we set out for the place of destina- 
tion. We have one brother and sister living 
here — the result of this mission after the 
second or third visit by the evangelists. 

The customs of the people differ, in some 
respects, from what we are accustomed to, 
and the doctrine, as we practice it, is new; it 
will, therefore, take some time before we can 
tell how our work will succeed. The people, 
as a general thing, are intelligent, and, when 
the truth is presented in an intelligent way, 
they give respectful attention, and said they 
would look those things up. The meetings 
were held in a school-house, but the Baptist 
deacon offered their church if we would come 
back again. The attendance at the meetings 
was good, despite the dark nights and bad 
roads, and the interest increased to the last. 
AH seemed to regret that we could not stay 
longer. We were treated very kindly by all, 
and had more invitations to visit than we 
could fill. We went away with a better opin- 
ion of the place than when we first went 
there. The meeting greatly encouraged our 
brother and sister, and awakened an interest 
in the minds of others, and from their own 
expressions, they are not far from the king- 
dom. On our homeward journey, Bro. Zug 
and I parted at Sunbury, and I continued 
on my journey and arrived at home the same 
evening. I was absent just five weeks, and 
was glad to come where I could retire from 
active service and take the needful rest. 

McKee's Gap, Pa., Jan. 12. 



A Sad Accident. 



It becomes our painful duty to record one 
of the saddest events that we have ever been 
called upon to witness. This morning, about 
4 o'clock, our highly esteemed and dearly be- 
loved brother, Daniel Yount, was instantly 
killed by accidentally coming in contact with 
a rapidly moving train. The particulars of 
this sad occurrence will never be known. As 
he went all alone to the train, which seemed 
to be one not usually stopping at this point, 
he attempted to signal it, but did not 
succeed, and unfortunately was caught by it 
as it rushed madly by, and was terribly 
bruised and mangled. He was on his way to 
a funeral, where his wife had already gone, 
and now expected his coming, but alas! was 
disappointed, and apprised by a telegram of 
the sad and heart-rending fact. There was 
not ft man in all the community more widely 
known or more generally loved than was Bro. 
Yount. He will be greatly missed in every 
circle in which the good and useful move, 
for he was an untiring worker and. faithful 
servant in the ministration of the word of 
God. We will not attempt here to give even 
an outline of his highly useful life, oi of the 
commendable and amiablo traits of character 
with which he whs bo richly endowed. Bro. 
Daniel was the father of Walter B. Yount, so 
well known to many readers of the G. M. — 
Bro. Dnniel was but little more than fifty 
years of age, just in the zenith of his highly 
useful life. He was not a powerful preach- 
er, but a powerful worker, — powerful in ex- 
ample. His teaching was of a high type of 



Christian perfection, of which he himself 
was a model type. I express very freely 
what I deeply feel, when I say that I loved 
brother Daniel. He was like a father, in 
watchfulness and wise counsel. To-morrow 
he will be interred in the silent and peaceful 
tomb. E. D. Kendig. 

Jan. 21. 

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From the Black River Cliurclj, O. 



We thought a few words of encourage- 
ment would not be out of place. We have 
realized a season of refreshioent of late. Bro. 
I. D. Parker, of Ashland county, came to us 
on the 27th of December, and preached a lit- 
tle over a week, during which time four pre- 
cious souls were made willing to forsake their 
sins and walk with the people of God. This 
makes eight additions since the first of Oc- 
tober. We have reason to believe many 
more are almost persuaded to become Chris- 
tians. May they be made to realize that 
"procrastination is the thief of time." We 
see many of our young friends standing out 
in the cold and cheerless world. How glad- 
ly would we take them by the hand, and lead 
them as lambs into the fold. Bat alas! Satan 
whispers, "Wait a little longer." God forbid 
that they should wait till it is forever too 
late. We had the privilege of attending ev- 
ery meeting but one. We were all much en- 
couraged and built up. Notwithstanding 
the disagreeable weather and bad roads, our 
meetings were well attended all the time. — 
We much regret that brother Parker was 
compelled to leave so soon, however, he con- 
soled us by promising, if Providence permits, 
to return some time in the future, and preach 
for us. May the Lord bless his '•labors, and 
crown them with unbounded success. The 
last night of the meeting an invitation was 
extended, and to the great surprise of many, 
our cousin, Harvey Pittenger, aged sixteen, 
arose, and, being unwilling to wait till morn- 
ing, went the same hour of the night and 
was baptized. Oh! that many others would 
fear to defer their return to Christ, and be 
gathered into the fold while it is yet day. I 
ask an interest in the prayers of all God's 
people. Lydia Wertz. 



From Maple Grove, O. 



Bko. Noah Longanecker came to us, by re- 
quest, on Dec. 20, and held forth the word of 
purity and simplicity to the edification of 
both saint and sinner, twice a day for eight 
days. Bro. W. A Murray preached one ser- 
mon. On Saturday we had no meeting till 
evening, but spent the day in visiting the af 
flicted. We called on sister Wertz, who has 
been afflicted with rheumatism for some 
time. She cannot walk. Great joy flow- 
ed from heart to heart when she and the 
aged members, that were in company, met. 
After spending a little season talking of 
hopes and prospects, a portion of God's 
Word was read, and a short exhortation of- 
fered, prayer and a song of praise completed 
tlie visit. Then we went to Bro. Isaac Shoe- 
m'lker'iH, his wife being also aiUicted with 
rheumatism. We were gladly received, and, 
before we left, devotional exercises were en- 



gaged in by request. At both places, the 
youth that were present were entertaining 
and kind. On Sabbath, both the afflicted 
sisters were brought to the church to enjoy 
the sanctuary privileges once more upon 
earth, that they might have a foretaste of 
the meeting of the saints above. If only the 
healthy would show such zeal. The closing 
meeting was well attended, the house being 
filled, and good order prevailed. Bro. Noah 
retired from the field of labor with the good 
will of many, hardly having words to express 
his thankfulness for the kind treatment he 
met with by the members and others. May 
the blessings of heaven rest upon his labors, 
and if we meet no more on earth, may we 
meet around the Throne of God. 

W. Sadler. 



A Sad Accident. 



On Jan. 9, Bro. Hiram Berkman was en- 
gaged in hauling rock for our church, and, in 
crossing the railroad with the empty wagon, 
an engine caught him, striking the wagon 
about the fore-wheel, throwing the horses on 
one side of the track, and him and the wagon 
on the other. Broke the wagon to pieces, 
killed one horse instantly, and crippled the 
other. Bro. Berkman was seriously hurt, 
cut a gash in his forehead, fracturing his 
skull two inches in length, breaking two ribs, 
and bruising him several places very bad. — 
The doctors think he will get well again. 
We hope and pray he will, as he is our elder 
and a faithful minister in the church. 

John Smeltzer. 

Frederick, Iowa. 



Our Miiiister.s.— How Many, and Where 
They Arc. 



From the ministerial list in the Brethren's 
Almanac for 1885, we learn that there are 
1753 ministers in the Brotherhood, repre- 
senting twenty-four states, three territories 
and Denmark. The following are the names 
of the states and the number of ministers in 
them: Pennsylvania, 311; Indiana, 285; Ohio, 
223; Illinois, 154; Virginia, 154; Iowa, 125 
Kansas, 112; Missouri, 71; West Virginia, 70 
Maryland, 59; Nebraska, 42; Michigan, 29 
Oregon, 15; Minnesota, 10; Wisconsin, 10 
North Carolina, 8; California, 4; New Jersey, 
4; Arkansas, 3; Texas, 2; Colorado, 2; Flori- 
da, 1; Georgia, 1; Dakota Territory, 2; Idaho 
Territoo', 2; Washington Territory, 1; Den- 
mark and England, 2; — leaving fourteen 
states and six territories without one single 
minister. Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana 
alone have 819, or nearly one-half of all the 
ministers in the Brotherhood. Illinois, Vir- 
ginia, Iowa and Kansas have 545, or nearly 
one-third of all the ministers. This gives 
the last seven named states 13(54 or more 
than three-fourths of all the ministers. This 
leaves only 389 ministers to represent the 
whole world, except seven states in the Unit- 
ed States; also thirty-one states and nine 
territories with only 389 ministers, and four- 
teen of these states and sis territories with- 
out a single one. We give these few state- 
ments, which are facts, that every brother 



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and sister can at once see, and, we hope, feel 
the great need of missionary work, and know 
just where it is needed. "Go ye, therefore, 
into all the world, and preach the {gospel to 
every creature," should be forcibly, and pow- 
erfully, and practically preached throughout 
the states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, 
which could spare 400 of their ministers 
without injury to the cause, if the remaining 
419 would take hold of the work with the zeal 
that the cause demands. We ought to have 
not less than 500 ministers constantly at 
work in the mission field. 

L. Allenbaugh. 
Londoiirillc, O. 

I Tennessee is not mentioned in the above 
list. We also have seven ministers in Den- 
mark. The Almanac does not give a com- 
plete list. — Ed,] 



From Salem Cliurch, O. 



Bko. Landon West came into our District 
on Jan. 6. Remained with us nine days and 
preached eighteen sermons, fifteen of them 
in the Union house, in the villege of Salem. 
We had meetings both day and night. The 
night meetings, regardless of muddy roads 
and dark nights, were well attended. After 
the first night, the house was not large 
enough to seat all the people, and the best of 
attention and interest manifested through- 
out the meetinc Bro. West has a mild and 
pleasant but convincing way of telling the 
Story of the Cross, and that to the under- 
standing of everybody. He commences his 
sermons in a mild way, but closes them with 
the spirit and great power, leaving his audi- 
ence in a hungry condition, and ready and 
anxious to return for the reception of the 
next. On Monday, the 12th, we resorted 
near to Salem, because there was much wa- 
^ ter there; prayer was made, saints made to 
~ rejoice, sinners to crucify the old man and 
resurrect the new, to walk in newness of life. 

, On Tuesday, more knocked for admittance, 
and were received. God bless the lambs, 
and help those to come that said they were, 

■ while the door of mercy is yet open. May 
the good work continue. May our brother 

* be blessed for his works of love amongst us. 
John H. Bkumbaugh. 



Proiu the Chippewa Church, O. 



The Brethren of the Chippewa church 
held a series of meetings at the Beech Grove 
meetiug-house, Commencing Tuesday even- 
ing, Jan. 0, and continued until Thursday 
evening, Jan. 15. Elder Silas Hoover con- 
ducted the meetings. Nine precious souls 
were made willing to tear loose from the 
ranks of Satan, and seek a Master whose 
yoke is easy and whose burden is light. The 
most of them are yet young in years, but not 
too young to work in the Master's cause. — 
They took the advice of the good, old Psalm- 
ist David: "Remember thy Creator in the 
days of thy youth, while the evil days come 
not, nor the years draw nigh, in which thou 
shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." May 
the Lord help them all to hold out faithful 



to the end. We were sorry to see the meet- 
ings close so soon, as we feel there were 
many more near the kingdom. My prayer 
to God is, that they may see the error of 
their way, and seek the Bread of Life, which 
Bro. Hoover exhorted them so earnestly to 
do, before it is forever and eternally too late; 
for we know the night of death will come in 
which no man can work, and oh! if the right- 
eous scarcely be saved, where shall the sin- 
ner and the ungodly appear? Bro. Hoover 
preached the same doctrine that he did six 
years ago, but with much more zeal and pow- 
er, and his aim is to win souls to Christ. — 
May the Lord reward him for his labors of 
love, and crown his eflforts for good with 
success. The church is greatly revived, and 
may she go on encouraged in the good work 
of the Master. Floba Irvin. 

Golden Corners, O. 



From Markleyshurg", Pa. 

On Jan. 2, I started for the Ten Mile con- 
gregation, Washington Co., Pa. I shared 
the hospitality of J. C. Johnson, on the night 
of the 2nd. At 7 P. M., we started for the 
new church-house, where we met with the 
brethren and many others in public worship. 
The attention was good. On the evening of 
the 3rd, we met with the brethren of the Ten 
Mile congregation in the Brick meeting- 
house. We continued the services until the 
evening of the 11th. Three precious souls 
were made willing to forsake the world and 
follow Christ. Bro. John Baker came to my 
assistance and preached three sermons. Eld. 
J. C. Johnson met with us on Friday even- 
ing, the 9tb. On Saturday, the 10th, we met 
in council. We had a little chat with the 
Progressives. Eld. Johnson could talk with 
all of them. They have troubled the breth- 
ren some,and caused confusion in that con- 
gregation, but the dark clouds are about 
over, and peace restored. Many thanks to 
the brethren and sisters for their kindness. 
I arrived home on Wednesday, the 14th, and 
found all well. T. H. Meyees. 



From Littleton, Coloi-ado. 



The winter, thus far, has been rather mild, 
with the exception of a few cold days. We 
were at Longraont, in the fall, to our annual 
love-feast, and found the Brethren in coun- 
cil, having some business to transact, which 
was seemingly adjusted s.atisfactoraily. At 
the close of the meeting, Bro. J. S. Flory de- 
livered his farewell address, which was lis- 
tened to with much interest, causing many 
tears to fall. We hope his labors will be as 
cfi'ectual and lasting in his new field of labor 
as they were in this, for we feel that our be- 
loved brother was an instrument in the hands 
of his Creator, for the upbuilding of our lit- 
tle band of Brethren at Longmont, which, 
we trust, may be long, lasting and increasing 
in zeal and love. There are now six mem- 
bers living in this vicinity, and we would wel- 
come any ministering brother, who might 
stray from his formor fif Id of labor, either to 
stay, or visit with us, and preach for us. We 
have B good school-houee near by, which 



can be had at any time, by giving a few days' 
notice. We live only ten miles from the 
capital, Denver. Either take the D. S & P. 
R. R:, or D. iV- Rio Grande R. R. to Littleton. 
Will meet any one at the depot, at any time, 
by giving us notice in time. A. M. Baib. 
,Jan. Id. 

From Dickiii.son Co., Kan. 



The Messenger is indeed a welcome visit- 
or to me. O, how I appreciate its weekly 
visits, full of love and cheering news of sin- 
ners flocking home to God, and how encour- 
aging to hear of the young enlisting in the 
army of the Lord. It will save us from a 
thousand snares, to mind religion young; and 
as we have entered a new year, let us renew 
our covenant with God, and try to be more 
earnest in this matter of saving our own 
souls and the souls of others. May the Gos- 
pel Messenger be found in every family in 
the Brotherhood, is my prayer. 

Maggie E. Wineman. 



Annoiincemcnt. 



Brethren Editors: — 

Please publish in the Messengep that 
the Committee on Location have fixed the 
place for the next Annual Meeting, on the 
farm of brother M. R. Bashore, near Mexico 
Station, Juniata Co., Pa., in the Lost Creek 
congregation. We, the brethren of the Lost 
Creek congregation, have, therefore, conclud- 
ed to call a meeting of the Middle District of 
Pennsylvania, to appoint a Committee of Ar- 
rangements, and General Managers of the 
Annual Meeting. We request the elders of 
the churches throughout the Middle District 
of Pennsylvania, to consider this matter, and 
send one or more delegates to assist in this 
great work. But as this committee should 
be composed principally of brethren liviug 
near the place where the Annual Meetiug 
will be held, we more particularly insist 
upon the adjoining elders to send two or 
more to this meetiug. But all who have a 
desire, and wish to be with us, are respect- 
fully invited to assist in the work. Tie 
Brethren, coming to this meeting, will all 
stop ofi" at Mexico Station. We have fixpd 
on the 7th of February for the meetiug, but 
come on the 6th, and you will be met at the 
Station, and, on the morning of the 7th, you 
will be taken to the place of meetiug. Those 
coming fiom the East, will please come on 
the train due at Mexico, at 12: 30 P. M., and 
those coming from the West will come on 
the train due at Mexico, at 11 A. M. The 
meeting will be held at the Free Spring meet- 
iug-house, in the Lost Creek church. 

S0LO.MOX Sieber. 



Thekf. is one token to us that wo were 
made for a higher and happier life than this, 
in the fact that sorrow and sin always come 
upon us as a surprise. Happy days do not 
astonish us, and the goodness of our beloved 
ones awakens no ama/.t^ment. But if a- sor- 
row comes, we cry alond to let our neighbors 
know something has befallen us; and if one 
we love has sinned, we feel as if the heavens 
themselves were darkened. 



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THE GOSP^EL MESSEHSTGEIl. 



Notice. 



As there are ministericg brethren desiring 
new fields of labor and a new home in the 
West, perhaps the central part of Iowa would 
suit some of our ministers. We have, in the 
Middle District of Iowa, four places, in 
which we would like to locate some faithful 
minister. At one of these places, it would 
suit a brother that has a good trade, as it is 
in the town, Council Bluflfs. Any one want- 
ing a new field of ministerial labor, please 
correspond with the writer. 

Thomas H. Higgs. 

Maxwell, Slory Co., Iowa. 



From Osborne, Kau, 



For nearly a year the Gospel Messenger 
has been a welcome Aisitor to our home. By 
its perusal, I have learned to love the church 
of the Brethren more than by any other 
means. I have never heard much preaching 
by Brethren. "1 was a member of the M. E. 
church for thirty years. Last October I 
came to the church oi the Brethren, as my 
husband was a member before. I used to 
write for Zion's Wulchman, and lately have 
felt a desire to write a little for the Messen- 
ger. If the article which I enclose with 
this is printed, I may come again. I enjoy 
C. H. Bttlsbaugh's writings much. Please 
send me a copy of ^^Yoimg Disciple.'' . I have 
never seen it. We have no Sunday-school, 
but a few scattered members. May God 
bless you in your labor of love. 

Fanny Morrow. 

Jan. o. 

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From Cherokee Co., Kan, 



As I have not seen anything in your pages 
from this, the Cherokee district, I will try 
and write a little. The brethren and sisters 
are all well, as far as I know, and laboring 
together for the advancement of Christ's 
cause. As we have now entered upon anoth- 
er year, we look back over the year that is 
past, and see that we have accomplished so 
little. We have concluded tc have meetings 
on every Lord's Day evening, besides our 
regular appointments, until spring. I want 
to say to the Brethren, if there are any who 
think of coming to Southern Kansas, come 
to Cherokee county, aod seethe country here. 
We have a good county, and good schools, 
and plenty of fuel, cheap, and water, and 
good Brethren. Any one wanting informa- 
tion concerning our county, by enclosing 
stamp, and writing to the undersigned, will 
receive it. J. Aitleman. 

McCune, Crawford Co., Kan., Jan. li\ 



From Moliiie, Kan. 



To-day we had to give the parting hand to 
our dear brother, Levi Sayler, as to- morrow 
he leaves for his home in Iowa. His daugh- 
ter Martha will remain in Kansas a while, at 
least, for her health. Bro. Sayler preached 
eight sermons in all, while with ue. His ser- 
mons, though short, were both impressive 
and instructive. One sermon, especially, 1 
wish to notice. Text, 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. He 



showed us the trials and privations Paul en- 
dured after he was eo wonderfully converted 
on his way to Damascus, to the cause that he 
was trying to destroy. My mind was im- 
pressed with the thought. What are we do- 
ing? Have we been as thoroughly converted 
to the cause of Christ as Paul was? If we 
have been, we can then, in the language of 
Paul to Timothy, exclaim, "For I am now 
ready to be offered," etc. Our council was 
Jan. 3. Among the good things— and the 
best — done, was two sisters appointed solicit- 
ors for the missionary cause. Brethren com- 
ing to Southern Kansas, on the Kansas City, 

Lawrence A: Southern K. K., stop off at Mo- 
line. 

The Messenger for 1885 has made its first 
visit, filled with good news. 

John A. Studebaker. 
Jan. 11. 



From Union Bridge, Md. 



As church news is appreciated by all, I 
will, through the medium of our church pa- 
per, inform the dear brethren that Bro. Lem- 
uel Hillery, of Kansas, came to our place on 
Nov. 20, and preached here and at Pipe 
Creek, New Windsor, Sam's Creek, Monoca- 
cy, and Meadow Branch, until Dec. 30, de- 
livering faithful messages to interested con- 
gregations. The church was encouraged and 
sinners warned. Some accepted the invita- 
tion and came out on the Lord's side. Bro. 
H. hps left his family here, and gone to labor 
for the Brethren in Montgomery Co., Pa. — 
The Brethren at Beaver Dam are having an 
interesting meeting, which will close to-ni^ht. 

E, W. Stoner. 
Jan. 2. 

From AUentowu, Pa. 



Nothing having appeared in the columns 
of the G. M., from this place, for some time, 
I thought I would drop a line. The few 
brethren and sisters sojourning in this part 
of God's moral vineyard, are progressing in 
the even tenor of their way, with an occasion- 
al crumb from the Master's table to cheer 
them on Zionward. 

Last winter we had preaching every two 
weeks, but this winter only occasionally. — 
Our meetings are generally well attended, 
with good interest and attention. On New 
Year's eve, brethren James Sell and Samuel 
Zag, on their way to the Brethren's mission 
field in Lackawanna Co., stopped with us 
and held one meeting. Their love was ap- 
preciated. My soul rejoices to learn through 
the G. M., of the many additions in some sec- 
tions of the Brotherhood, and am confident 
that, if the same effort were made over this 
entire expanse of country, the same result 
would follow. Some brother, in an article in 
the G. M. some time ago, thought that more 
good could be done in the west where the 
people, as yet, are not so settled in their 
va iou8 faiths. Instances can be enumerat- 
where other denominations have built 
up flourishing churches in communities 
where all were thought to be established. It 
may be true that it takes more effort, but the 
good cause must prevail if the proper, con- 
tinued effort be made. To drop an occasion- 



al good seed and not water it, will prove of 
no avail, either temporally or spiritually. — 
Here in the east, the laborers are too few, 
and not the proper effort is made to enlarge 
the borders of Zion. Could the vast extent 
of territory and population, north of Phila- 
delphia and east of Reading, be compiehend- 
ed, and the few ministers and members 
residing therein, it would rouse the whole 
Brotherhood to action. May the time come 
when churches of the Brethren dot this beau- 
tiful country of ours. 

H. F. Eosenberger. 

Jan. 11 

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Church News. 



The brethren in and around Panora, Iowa, 
have made arrangements to have meeting in 
town regularly, also to have a series of meet- 
ings, commencing Jan. 25. 

Eld. John Fitz, Sr., of Ahtoria church. 111., 
is making arrangements to move near Pano- 
ra, la., next spring. He formerly lived with 
this church, and this move indicates that his 
associations here were pleasant, and the ties 
then formed have not been broken. 

J. D. Haughtelin. 



A Ke<|uest. 



I AM requested to say, through the columns 
of the G. M , that a very sad affair befell Bro. 
Louis Hampsher's recently. On the night 
of the r2th of this month, their house took 
fire, and burnt up everything they had; even 
the children, sleeping up stairs, barely es- 
caped with their lives. Some of them had to 
borrow clothes to put on, not having saved 
even their clothes. Bro. Hampsher came to 
this country, from Indiana, last February, in 
"our company;" was living on rented ground, 
is in rather poor circumoiances, and he is 
now left almost destitute. 

I am requested to say to the members ev- 
erywhere, whi) sympathize with our bi'other 
and sister and family, and are able to do so, 
that whatsoever they would feel to give for 
their relief, would be thankfully accepted. — 
The reason that this general request is made, 
is, because this being a new country, people 
are not so able to help in such cases, as in 
older countries, where people are much 
wealthier. Our brother and family must 
have help; being burnt out of everything 
they had in the house (and nearly all they 
had was in the house), in the midst of winter, 
is rather a sad affair. Our brother and sis- 
ter are worthy and consistent members, and 
I do ask for them the sympathy and aid of 
the members everywhere; for, a very little 
from each of a few hundred members, would 
soon. repair their loss. Many brethren and 
sisters, whom the Lord has intrusted with 
his goods, could do a great deal towards their 
relief. I presume bed clothes would be very 
acceptable to them, for "they must have beds. 
As I do not know where our brother will 
stop, and as I am living at a railroad station 
and post office, I wjU say, that if freight is 
sent to me, or money in registered letter, at 
Laneville, Labette Co., Kan., I will take 
pleasure in seeing that they get it. 

J. B. Lair. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENOER. 



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From Crooked Creek Church, Iowa. 



We have had a aeries of meeting at this 
place, continuing two weeks. Oar elder, 
John Thomas, did most of the preaching. — 
Bro. Samuel Flory and Christ Brower, of 
South English, and H. K. Taylor, of Powe- 
sheik Co., were with us a short time. Owing 
to the unfavorable weather, the attendance 
was not very large. The meetings closed 
without any additions, but we are made to 
feel that the work done was not in vain, for 
the members have been awakened to more 
zeal in the Master's cause. We now meet 
once a week at our houses, for the purpose 
of reading the Scriptures and meditating 
thereupon, and having prayer. We hope 
some good may follow our meetings that will 
show itself iu the future, and that the work 
of the Lord may go forward. We ask an in- 
terest in the prayers of the faithful, in our 
behalf. D. P. Miller. 

MATEIMONIAL. 

MILLER-ULREY.— By the undersigned, at the resi- 
dence of the biide's parents, Jan. 17, Mr. Jacob Mil- 
ler and sister Anna Ulrey, both of Ko&ciusko Co., Ind. 

Samuel Lkckbone. 

ROBERTS— BRALLIER.— At tl e residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 2.3, Mr. Evan Roberts and Miss 
Ellen 0. Brallier, both of Cambria Co., Pa. 

STR \YER— BRALLIER —At the same residence, Dec. 
25, Bro. Ephraim Strayer aad sister Hannah BrlUier, 
all of Cambria Co , Pa C. F- Detnveilek. 

STUMP -MILLER.— At the residence of the undersign- 
ed, Dec. 2i, Bro. Rdey Stump and sister Alice Miller. 
all of Vernon Co., Mo. N. Tkapp 

FRY— STONER.— At the residence of the bride's par- 
ents, Jan 8, by Eld Jacob Broker. Mr J. D Fry, of 
Pawnpe, Nib , and Miss Emma Stoner, of South Eng- 
lish, la. Petkk Browek. 

ROCK— MEREDITH —At the residence of Bro. John 
Lehner, Jan. !'■), Mr. James 0. liock, of Mt. Mon-is, 
111 , and sister Annie L Meredith, of Upton, Franklin 
Co., P.i. Sadie D. Rock. 

FALLEN A8LEEP. 

"Blessed arc the (load which die in the Lord." 

PETRIE.— At Polo, Ogle Co , 111., Jan. 15, sister Susan 
Petrie, aged 71 years, 1 month and 19 days Services 
by M. S. Newcomer and the wiiter. S. Z. Suari'. 

SIN TON —In the Eel River church, Kosciu.skoCo , Ind., 
Dec. 30, sister Catherme Josephine Sinton, aged 25 
years and .J days. Funeral servic by Wm. F.Neal 
and the writer, Samuel Leckronk. 

DURNBAUGH.— In Roann District, Jan. 1. of paral- 
ysis, Bro M chael Dumbaugh, aged 65 years, 4 months 
and 23 days. Funeral discourse by brother David 
Netr, from Heb. 4: 9. Jos. John. 

STRINE.-In Rockrun District, Elkhart Co, Ind., of 
dropsy, Susannah, wife of Adam Strinc. Funeral scr- 
.vicfs by brethren Levi H. Weaver and Isaac L. Berk- 
ey, from Pa. o9: Vo S. Burkett. 

HAROLD. — In the Mahoning thuich, near CoUimbiaua, 
0., Jan. 11, sister Susannah, wife of brot icr .■"auiucl 
Harold, aged 66 year.", 10 months and V) daj-s. 
She leaves thirteen children, fortj-two grandchil- 
dren and three great-grandchildren, to mourn her de- 
parture, but not without a blessed hop- of future Lliss. 
Her life and character are worthy of imitation, by all 
who knaw lier. Five of hei chilihvn are members of the 
church. Funeral occa-sion was improved b> elder John 
Melzlcr and the writer, from Rev. 11: 1;{. 

Jacob II. Kurtz. 



CRUMBAKER. — In the Clover Creek congregation, 
blair Co., Pa , sister El zabeth Crumbaker, aged ()7 
years, 8 months and 16 days. The deceased was born 
in Bedford (now Blau) county 

KENSINGER —In the same congregation, Jan. :">, sis- 
ter Annvari i Kensinger, aged 4 ■ years, 6 months and 
18 days. Peace be to their ashes. Funeral services 
by G. W. Brumbaugh and others. 

BOWLBY'.— In the Gcorge'.s Creek congregation, Mt 
Union church. West Va., Dec. 28, sister Sarah, wife ol 
Colman Bowlby, of Green Co., Pa., iu the fifty-second 
year ot her age. 
She spent thirty-one years ef her time, on earth, 
in the Master's cause. She was a consistent member of 
the Brethren church. J5y rcciuest, lier body was interred 
in the Mt. Unioa ctmetery, adjoining the Brethren 
church-house. Funeral services improved from John 11: 
2."). John C. Johnson. 

MIERS — Near Carlisle, Cumberland Co , Pa , Jan. 10, 
Detsy Elizabeth, wife ot Jacob Mier.-, aged 6:! years, 
10 months and 26 day . 

HORNER —In Churchtown, Jan. 12, Jacob Horner, 
aged 70 years and 21 days. 
He was at preaching in the evening, and his wife 
found him dead at five o'clock the next morning. 

David Niesly. 

VIINSER. — In the bounds of the Montgomery congre 
gation, Indiana Co , Pa., Sadie, wife of A. W. Min- 
ser, aged :ll years, 4 mouths and 1 day. Leives a sor- 
rowing husband and tLrte children to mourn theii 
loss. Mark Minser. 

CRIPE. — In the Hillsburg church, Clinton Co., Ind , 
Sept. 21, Mary A. Cripe, aged 50 years. Funeral ser- 
vices by brother Sanford Saler. 

CRIPE —In the Worthford church, Carroll Co., Ind. 
Jan, 7, Mary Pertha, daughter of brother John and 
sist r Catherine Cripe, aged 2 yeais and 10 days. Fu- 
neral services by elders Isaac Cripe and John U ery, 
fromMatt. 18: 2, 3. D. L. Crii'e. 

LAN-;.— I 1 the Bremen Di-striot, Marshall Co., Ind, 
friend Jame.s Lane, aged 43 years, 8 months and 20 
days. 
Friend Lane was an industrious, moral man. On 
Jan. 14, after doing a hard da.y's labor, he went to the 
town ol Nappanee, where he had some business. Went 
there on foot, walking on the railroad, and when al- 
most at the station- hous', a train mei him, coming from 
the east, which did not stop; and if is supposed he was 
not aware of the rapidity with which the tram wa.-* com 
ing, as it was snowing quite fast at the same time; con- 
sequently did not step off qiite soon enough, and the 
train struck him, killing him instantly. Another sol- 
emn warning, to all who are neglecting the one thing 
needful, to take the advice of the Savior, recorded in 
Luke 12: 40, which was used as a object for the funeral 
discourse, to an intelligent and attentiv • audience, in 
Bieoien, in the United Brethren church, by the brethren 
The wife, who is a sister, and two children are left to 
mourn their loss. J. R. Milli-.u 



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Price, per bottle, $1.U0; sample bottle, 25cts. 

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Price, 25ct8. 

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of insects. Piice, 25 and 50 cents, per bottle. 

VICTOK LINIMENT— the great bone and 
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Neuralgia, Stiff .Joints Lumbago, King Bone, 
Felon, Corns, Burns, etc. It is mild, but 
searching for animals. Try one bottle. — 
Price. 25 and .10 cents. 

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are just what families need ; no recommenda- 
tion requir.'d but just atrial. Price. 25ct8, 

^^"Geta circular and read the tsstiiuonials. 
Blany say, "'A supply of your excellent reme- 
dies on hand will prevent much sickness, and 
a doctor is seldom needed. All that desire to 
favor us will do so by asking their merchant 
for a bottle of Victor Remedies or send for 
circulars We have given our printer an or- 
der for l.fOCOOO. We want an agent in every 
county to supidy the merchants or local 
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Time Table. 

PITTSBURGH, FT. WAYNE AND 
CHICAGO RAILWAY. 



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and Day Coaches between Chicago and Pitts- 
burgh without change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. A. Baldwin, Gen'l Pass.Agt 
Manager. 

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mill Dr. Peters' Stomach Vigor are 
manufactured only by 

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Chicago, 111. 
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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 

On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into effect on the Pennsylvania 
Railroad: 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 25 P. M 1 86 P. M. 

Mail 2 lOP. M '. 8 50 A.M. 

Fast Line 8 00 P. M 11 80 A. M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Phil'da. 

Johnst'n Exp'sB, 9 09 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P. M. 

Mail 3 50P.M. H'bg., 7 80P.M. 

Mail Express . . . .8 05P. M 2 65 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8:85 
A. M , Altoona, 12:25 P M., Huntingdon, 
1:24P. M , Harrisburg. 4:15 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7: 25 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P.M., Altoona, 
9: 20 P M, Huntingdon, 10:30 P M., Harris- 
bjirgh, 1:20A. M, and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

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Gen'l Manager. 

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to carry the Fast Mali. 



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With branch lines 1o their important cities a-d towns. 
It runs every day in the year from one to three elegantly 
equipped through trains over its own tracks between 

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Chicago and Dubuque, 
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Peoria and Kansas City, 
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St. Louis and Omaha, 
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St. Louis and Rock Island, 
St. Louis and Chicago, 
Kansas City and Denver, 
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((ansas City and Omaha, 

Kansas City and Burlington. 

Direct Connection made ot each ot lU Junolion poin- 
■.VI h Through Train! to and trom points located on i- 
branches. 

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onnecisi-i Grand Union Depots with Through Trans 'p 
.and from all points in the United States and Canada. 

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For Tickets, Rates, General Information,- etc., regarding 
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U'lited States or Canada oi address 

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CHICAGO. 



The Gospel Messeigee. 



'Set for the Defense of tLe Gospel." 



Entered at the Post-O/fice at Mt Morris 111. 
as Becond Class Mat tor. 



Vol. 23, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 10, 1885. 



No. 6. 



THP] GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. IJKUMHAnCiH, Kditok, 

Ami nusine 18 MauEj-'er of the Eastern House, Box .M), 

Hnntiniidon. Pa. 



SisTKK Elk'i) 1i. llfisy rppoitss for the first time, 
liuiu Elizuhc'thtovvn, Lancaster Co., Pa. Will lie 
pli^ascd to hear from her again and often. 



l>i:o. .1. il. :Moliler was laboring, last week, with 
tiie Brethren at Berlin, Pa. This is a new field for 
Bi-o. IMohler, and we hope that it may prove to be 
a productive one. 



The brethren of the JS'ewry church. Pa., held a 
series of meetings, last week, but have not heard 
any particulars. We wish our brethren to keep us 
posted in regard to church work all along llie line. 
Our readers want to know what is going on. 



IJuo. Archy VanDyke labored for the brethren of 
??pring Run church, Pa., last week. His friends 
are so many in the east that it will keep him on 
•the move to get around, before his allotted time 
for returning. Hope his visit will prove enjoyable 
and jirolita.ble. 



cek,- JJro. 1'. U. Kendig, 



^ i^tnjMm,^^^'-'- '''^ 



i:id. David Long, of Fairplay, Md., were nn fled in 
U.e bonds of matrimony. Our best wishes go with 
I hi.-* happy pair, and together may they travel 
pleasantly through life's uneven ways. 



A IIeauino, Pa., correspondent, in speaking 
of tlie religious movement in -that section of 
Die country, says: "Tlie Meimonite Brethren in 
Clirist immerse converts three times intheScIinyl- 
kill lliver, they now Ix'ing compelled to cut 
through twelve inches of ice to do so." Who c;^i 
tell us what kind of Mennonites these are, as we 
know of no branch of tliis church in the east that 
practices innuersion V 



Tiii;i£ic are a few churches that we know of that 
have no regular agent at work for tiie Messenokij. 
We will be much pleased if some one in such 
r-lmrclies will volunteer to work for us. Send us 
your nanu' and address, ami we will send you an 
outfit. Many do not take the paper, because no 
(jne asks them to do so, or they have no oiuito send 
for them. Every member of the church ought to 
read the Messexcikic and would do so, if an oppor- 
tunity were afforded. Our experience has been 
that wherever our ciiurdi paper is read, we find 
more zeal and activity in the good cause. Tliere 
are many that might l)e saved to the church, had 
they the paper to read. See that all such get it. 



Wi;are having encouraging reports from the 
]*ipc Creek cliurcli, Md. Bio. Hillery hns been 
witli the Brethren there lately, and good meetings 
are reported. The thought comes to us, on receiv- 
ing reports from meetings being held where souls 
iiave been converted, would those souls hav<» Ijcen 
converted, if tin' meetings liad not licen lield? And 
if not, would not such brethren have iteen respon- 
sible for the loss of such, had tlie meetings not 
been iield. Another tliouglit — if (lod makes the 
churches instrumental in iiringiiig souls to Christ, 
are we not all responsible to the extent lliat we 
come short in doing all we can to save the perisli- 
ing? Wo tlirovv out these thoughts for serious 
<-onsideration. Let us all meditate upon tliem. 



Bko. .Jacob Shaneour, of Primrose, O., informs 
us that they commenced a series of meetings on 
the 2(ith of .January, at the Hickory (Jrove church, 
and that Bio. P. Stucknian, of Xappanee, Ind.,was 
expected to help before the close of the meeting. — 
He reports very cold Aveather, —thermometer 20 
degrees below zero, and fifteen inches of snow on 
the level. 

We are tlesiro'u'3 of having the name and address 
of every Sunday-school Superintendent, every Sun- 
day-school teacher, and every Bible class teacher 
throughout the Brothertiood. No matter whether 
you are now in otlicc or have been. Send us along 
your name and address, and we will, in a short 
time, send you a present that will please you. Let 
us hear from you. 

Bko. Jacob S. Koyer, of Virginia, sends for luo 
copies of "Tlie Path of Life," for the purpose of 
distributing tliein among such as may desjre to 
know something about the truth as believed and 
practiced by the Brethren. For this piirpose they 
are sent out at $5.00 per liundred by express. How 
many more Avill follow so good an example? Tliere 
are hundreds that could and should do so. A dear 
sister of old said that she did what she could. If 
all who profess to be disciples of Christ would do 
thjs, our cliurcli memb -i - ;, mi'Iim in 



we can. and vet pn 



Men are not always cowar.ds wJio refuse to ac- 
cept every challenge that is made It often re- 
quires more real courage to keep quiet than to 
speak, to stand still than to move forward for a 
figlit. It i.s generally right to fight sin and the 
devil, ))ut good men ou^'ht not to ask us to fight 
each other. We have a fair development in the 
region of combativeness and it would be no un- 
pleasant task to "pitch in" when occasion offers, 
were we to allow our natural inclinations to lead. 
But as we grow in experience and, we hope, a little 
in grace, we learn to take a more charitable view 
of things, and make due allowance for those who 
either misunderstand our motives or designedly 
misrepresent them. We have made it a point to 
be candid and outspoken in what we conscien- 
tiously believe to be right, and our duty, independ- 
ent of wlio it may suit or not suit. Bight is al- 
ways right. Like gold, the more it is refined by 
fire, tlio brighter it shines. 



IiiEN.Eis, in speaking of Dr. Gardiner Spring, 
who was pastor of a New York church from 1810 
to 1873, relates the following: 

In the year IS-t!), when he had lieen pastor nearly 
forty years, he came to my study, and, in great 
confidence made known to me his desire and pur- 
pose to find a colleague, to bear witli him the luir- 
deiis of his pastoral clKirgt". I said to liini, "You 
certainly do m)tre(iiiir(> it on account gf infirmities, 
for you still have the vigor of early days." Then 
he niade tiiis memoral)le answer: "True, very true. 
I am now sixty-four > ears old, and do not feel the 
need of a colleague, but the time will conu- when 
1 sliall need one, and then 1 ahull think- I do not." 

The question may be asked, "Did his prediction 
ever come IrueV" It did. As he got older, his 
judgment changed, and lie felt that no one else 
could take his place, and, tosomc extent, destroyed 
tiie infiuenee that he liad so worthily gaineil be- 
fore his declining years had affected his mind and 
judgment. This as well as many similar cases 
that have occurred, ought to admonish all that 
thert! is a time that comes to every one. when the 
vigor of manjiood is past. 



Tiiu; following change has been made in the 
Methodist Discijiline: "In the paragraph concern- 
ing tliemode of baptism, the order of the words: 
'immersion, sprinkling or pouring,' be changed to 
'sprinkling, pouring or immersion,' so that tlie 
paragraph, as amended, shall read: 'Let every 
adult person and the parents of every child to be 
baptized, have the choice of sprinkling, pouring or 
immersion.' " This choice re(|uires all Methodist 
ministers to immerse Avhen re(iuested to do so, an<l 
if they Avere true to their discipline, they wouhl 
grant the choice without trying to persuade those 
out of it, wlio conscientiously ask for it. Of 
course, children have to salnnit to the choice of 
their parents until they get old enough to choose 
for themselves, and this is what all shoulil do. "He 
that nKLTEVKTii and is baptized, shall l>e saved." 
Header, you have a right to believe and make yom- 
own choice before you are baptized, as without 
faith it is impossible to please (lod. Christ came 
as a personal Savior. Your salvation is to depend 
upon your own desires, and unless you desire it, 
believe it, it is not for you. 



A nuoTiiEU writes us to know what our rule is 
in regard to accepting or rejecting articles s( nt for 
iniblication. He tin n .-:i> > liiai 

tliinking. To answer such (lucstions full 
require considerable ex])laining. We do not sup- 
pose our brethren would like to have a machine 
editor, or one that would exercise no judgment as 
to what shall or shall not go into the paper, and 
yet you would not want one that would not, to 
some extent, respect the judgment of other.s, as 
editors, like all other men, are human, and .may, 
and do, err in judgment. Our position is a respon- 
sible one, and we have tried to feel this. Our line 
of duty is not so plainly marked out as some think 
it is, and were we to try to follow strictly the ad- 
vice given us, we would have ii liabel of conflicts, 
as some of our good brethren differ as to the exact 
course that should be pursued. One says if we 
would follow his advice, it would be better for us 
and better for the church. Other brethrt n, equaT- 
ly good, advise differently, and many of those that 
seem to agree, disagree when it comes to giving 
advice. So you see that no one man can expect 
that Ave, as editors, can strictly cany out his ad- 
vice, even if Ave thought the eounselgiveii, accept- 
able to our own views, liut it is said in the nud- 
titude of counselors tlnre is wiMlom; therefore, 
from the many advices given, Ave gsiin wisdom and 
experience; and thus are enabled, by IhroAving all 
together, to gain an average expression of the 
whole, rejecting that only which is personal or 
malicious in its character. The great object of a 
church paper is to do good by provoking its mem- 
bers to more faithfulness, uniting them together 
and insisting on greater diligence in the gooil 
Avork. We are glad to say that, for the last year. 
Ave have been very pleasjintly spared the, to us. 
painful duty of rejecting articles sent usforpubli- 
lation. That ugly, vindictive and st-llish spirit is 
pretty Avell worked out of the church, and as a re- 
sult, Ave are seldom troubled Avith it. Keep these 
things out of your articles, and the question of re- 
jection will give no trouble. 



82 



TiiEl aOSFEL MESSENaEE. 



lESS^^-^S- 



study to show thjself approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



ELOQUENT HEARERS. 



BY SIMt)N MONTZ. 



The Bible is a perfect transcript of the 
Divine mind, and in its subject matter it 
deals with all classes of men. It directs the 
preacher how to preach and also directs'the 
hearer how to hear. L. N. Jones says: "Much 
is said and written to-day about eloquent 
preaching and gifted preachers." So I must 
say also, there is much said and written about 
the manner and style of preaching, but lit- 
tle is said or thought about eloquent hearing. 
Nevertheless, this is a two-sided question, 
and the hearers, more than anything else, 
make the preacher eloquent or otherwise, by 
the manner in which they hear. 

There are several classes of church-goers, 
who not only fail to assist the preacher in 
his other duties, but who are also poor hear- 
ers of the Word. The eloquent hearer al- 
ways aims to be punctual in his attendance. 
He does not wish to lose the benefit of the 
opening prayer, or the introductory remarks, 
which are always a help to a clear under- 
standing of the sermon proper. Neither is 
he willing, by coming late, to disturb the 
congregation and the preacher. Almost ev- 
ery congregation has one or more who are al- 
ways late at church. They go late, not so 
mifch from necessity as from habit. They 
go late becaitee they want to go late. They 
slam the door and make a great deal of un- 
necessary noise in finding their seats, just 
because they want to do so, regardless of the 
feelings of others. The eloquent hearer is 
never found in this class. 

Then there is the careless, iudifi'erent hear- 
er, who only catches a thought of the sermon 
here and there. In fact, he does not attend 
church to listen to preaching, but to practice 
neck-twisting, by which habit he is enabled 
to see every one who enters the door behind 
him. He believes in watching, but not in 
praying. He is also careful to note the exact 
costume of each worshiper. He can usually 
tell all about who were in attendance, what 
they wore, what seat they occupied, and a 
score of other trifling things, too numerous 
to mention, of which the eloquent hearer is 
entirely ignorant; but he can never repeat 
the text or state a single proposition of the 
sermon. 

And agaio, we have the critical, fault-find- 
ing hearer, who is a self-appointed critic and 
who finds a secret pleasure in criticising ev- 
ery sermon. He knows all about pulpit elo- 
quence, but is entirely ignorant of pew elo- 
quence. He can always suggest an improve- 
ment upon the plan of the sermon, and if 
there is the slightest violation of logical or 
grammatical rules, ho is entirely too much 
annoyed by this violation to be blessed by 
the truth presented. If anything new or 
contrary to his preconceived notions is pre- 
sented from the pulpit or stand, he is ready 
to pounce upon ix, without ever giving it a 
momont's examination. 



He attends services purposely to criticise. 
Every good preacher is quite willing to be 
criticised by those who are competent and 
careful to give it in a kind spirit; but this 
class of whom I speak are generally ve'l'y in- 
competent, and present their criticisms in a 
harsh and unkind manner. Verily, those are 
not eloquent hearers. 

Then we have the drowsy, sleepy hearer, 
whose very presence is a veto to all pulpit el- 
oquence and earnestness. Such persons are, 
as a rule, slow to take a hint, or they would 
understand that the preacher does not expect 
them to sleep during service, else he would 
have brought them a bed. Sometimes the 
people sleep in church because of the extreme 
dullness of the preacher. But it more fre- 
quently happens that the preacher is dull be- 
cause of the inattention and sleepiness of 
some who ought to be interested. I have in 
my mind a few individuals who, I think, 
would sleep if an angfel were preaching. — 
We read, in Acts 20: 9, about one of this 
class, and I would that each one of our 
church sleepers would read it and wake up, 
lest a more terrible thing befall them. 

Now all those classes and many more not 
herein enumerated, are in the way of success- 
ful pulpit work. And now, dear reader, be- 
fore you criticise your preacher too severely, 
see to it that you help him by eloquent hear- 
ing andf earnest doing. 

Aurelia, Iowa. 

IN THE VALLEY OF BACA. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



You are under stringent discipline. God 
is manifestly training you on the back side 
of Horeb for some important work. He is 
leading you by a way that throws you con- 
stantly on the Divine -Guidance. Prayer and 
trust and unreserved consecration are your 
only safe-guards. Jesus calleth his own 
sheep by name, and leadeth them out. There 
is a plan for every individual life, and we 
will be sure to miss it unless we hearken in- 
tently and with utmost docility to the Shep- 
herd's voice, and follow his beck. 

A volatile nature is sure to go astray. —- 
Looking unto Jesus, and that in every 
thought, desire, purpose, word, act, is our on- 
ly security. We are to walk even as He 
walked, and He "pleased not Himself." The 
great Universe-Builder became an obscure 
village Carpenter to show mankind the digni- 
ty and power of self-sacrifice. Heb. 1: 2, 
and 3: 4; John 1: 3. 

To apprehend God's great end, and, in or- 
der to reach it, give ourselves as Jesus did — 
this is Ckristianity. "My Father worketh 
hitherto, and I work." This brings us out 
at the shining goal of complete oneness with 
God, which is the alpha and omega of re- 
demption. This is the high calling of God 
in Christ Jesus. It is the oftice of the Holy 
Ghost to make us miniature Emmanuels. — 
We shall not only see Him, but be like Him. 
Then will He "see of the travail of his soul 
and bo satisfied." Short of this, all God's 
doing and dying, loving and helping, will but 
deepen and darken our hell, and intensify 
our torment. 



Life is a tremendous fact. Its possibili- 
ties and issues are overwhelming. We are 
not only products of Omnipotence, but the 
expression of Infinite Wisdom and Love. O, 
the fearful lapse of sin! It is almost impos- 
sible to see the greatness of our ruin; it is so 
natural, and yet so unnatural. AVe must 
pray, pray, "pray without ceasing," for open 
eyes, open hearts, and willingness to accept 
any discipline that will give us a proper con- 
ception of the grandeur of our being and 
destiny. Spare neither hand nor foot, nor 
eye nor ear, that would lure us from the 
cross. The prize is worth the cost a million- 
fold. We must live Christ, and translate our 
being into daily, hourly sermons, "living 
epistles, known and read of all men." 

Your course is as zigzag as the route of Is- 
rael from Egypt to the milk-and-honey-flow- 
ing Canaan. But the Shekinah is leading 
you. Eebel not at the deprivations of the 
wilderness-journey, and wean your heart 
thoroughly from the flesh-pots and onions 
and leeks and garlic of the lower life. Baca 
has its blessings. There are springs there 
which are fed from the Crystal Eiver in the 
Upper Eden. 

God leaves no spot on earth uncheered by 
his presence. He will give you a eong of 
hope and gladness in the valley of Achor. — 
Oar midnight is his noonday. He sees the 
end from the beginning, and never deserts, 
in the direst extremity, those that trust Him. 
The labyrinth of life may seem without a_ 
clue, as if the last ray of hope had faded out 
of our sky, but the sun still shines as glori- 
ously as ever, only our world, our inner mi- 
crocosm, has rolled us into gloom. "Wait 
patiently for the Lord." Let this thought 
and feeling be dominant: "Even so. Father," 
"as Thou wilt" 

Second causes are not fetters and hindran- 
cestoGod. Faith topples mountains into the 
sea. The threads of our being run into the 
far-ofi' Eternity, and God only knows how .to 
arrange the elements of probation so as to 
culminate in His own grand purpose in the 
'cloudless future. Let patience have its per- 
fect work. Ponder these inspiring words: — 
"Who /or the joy thai ivas set before him, en- 
dured THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME." 

What sustained Jesus? Only one thing: 
confidence in the glorious future, which 
would compensate Him fully for the hum- 
blings and emptying of the Incarnation, and 
the agonies and horrors of His exit. This 
same future He holds out as the inspiration 
and hope of His Elect. "If children, then 
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with 
Christ, if so be that we suffer with Him, that 
we may be also g'lorified together." Eom. 8: 
17. 

No wonder that Paul rises into ecstasies in 
verse 18, and in 2 Cor. 4: 17, and 3: 18. — 
Keep the consummation constantly before 
your gaze. In every trial and strait, say to 
yourself, in earnest colloquy and blessed so- 
liloquy, "looking unto Jesus," "looking unto 
JesuB, the author and finisher of my faith." 
To look around and within means distraction 
and dismay. Do as Jesus Himself did: "/ 
foresaw the Lord ALWAYS before my face. 



THE aOSI^EL MESSENGER. 



H'S 



for He is on my right hand, that I should 
NOT BE MOVED." Acts 2: 25. 

This was enough for Him, and it will give 
us a grand, joyous triumph over every obsta- 
cle within and without. Confer not with 
tleeh and blood. The Holy Ghost is always 
ready with his counsel for every emergency, 
and He testifies not of Himself. He also 
looks unto Jesus for all the supplies of grace. 
He dispenses to the needy adherents of the 
cross. John 15: 26, and 16: 13, 14. When 
WH contemplate these things with a lively 
faith, we will better understand the sweet- 
ness of John 14: 1, 27, and 16: 33. Look up, 
my sorely-tried fellow-suflferer, gaze stead- 
fastly and filially into the face of Jehovah- 
Jesus, and drink in these thrilling words, 
fresh from His lips lor you: "Be OF good 
CHEER, for I have overcome the worltV 

Be not so introspective. Emmanuel is the 
soul's Magnet. Too much self-inspection is 
sure to make us morbid and miserable. God 
alone is Self-sufficient and justly Self-satis- 
lied. Ilecall the words already quoted, "I 
ahcays foresaw the Lord before my face." 
There is -a sublime and soul-lifting secret 
here. The cross is the focus of the entire 
scheme of salvation. "If I be lifted up, I 
will drau- all men unto me." Forget your 
pressing natural wants in the great ministry 
of sacrifice, as Jesus did at Jacob's well. — 
"No dinner for me to-day, I have a mighty 
harvest of souls ready for the sickle." He 
came not to be ministered unto, but to min- 
ister, and to give His life a ransom for many. 
Here is another secret of peace and triumph 
and glory: make it yours. 

To live for God and in God, to have our 
constant walk and fellowship with God, char- 
acterizes all true saints. The name of God 
is in the foreheads of the Elect. They are 
marked as a peculiar p&ople, and are easily 
known. The mark is "Holiness to the Lord." 
"The world knoweth us not, because it knew 
Him not." We are strangers and pilgrims 
hastening onward and upward to the Beloved 
of our souls, and to the city of gold and 
pearls and jasper where we are to celebrate 
nuptials forever. 

On our way thither we must do all the 
good we can, and take along as many as we 
can win by our Heavenly demeanor. Our 
mission is fidelity to our high calling, living 
the Divine life constantly and luminously be- 
fore the face of,the world, adhering rigidly 
to the unworldly type presented in the God- 
man. Any lower aim misses heaven. God 
knows what salvation means, and has given 
us the exact definition by becoming man 
Himself, and exhibiting the beauty of His 
eternal Holiness and Love in our nature and 
circumstances. 

What He has done as the Son of Mary, 
He will repeat in us by the Holy Spirit, if 
we give ourselves to Him as the elect Virgin 
did. Luke 1: 38. The terms are too inflexi- 
ble and severe for the majority, but nothing 
milder will answer the Divine purpose, or do 
us permanent good. God understands the 
being He has made in His own image, and 
He understands His own resources and meth- 
ods for our recovery. 



Sin must be killed, not tamed. Better a 
life-long cross than an eternal hell. The 
cross is hated even by many in the church. 
The carnal-minded cry for liberty, not know- 
ing nor wanting to know that God allows on- 
ly as much freedom as we can get by cruci- 
fixion. To lose is to find life, and vice versa. 
Liberty and hell are synonyms, and liberty 
and heaven likewise, in opposite spheres. — 
We must make thorough work with ourselves, 
and not coddle the old man, and not compro- 
mise with the devil. 

Christ accepted the cross before he left 
the Father's bosom to assume human nature. 
We make our genesis in the Divine life in 
the same way, and in this principle we must 
abide. Salvation and heaven are expressed 
in four words: ^"Thy ivill he done." God has 
his whispers of authority and love and peace 
for the open-eared and pure-hearted always 
and everywhere, so that we may be in his 
counsel and joy at every step. Nothing but 
sin interrupts this beatitude. 

Few know what it means to have "the life 
hid with Christ in God," because the cross is 
slighted to save self at some sensitive point. 
A total, absolute, body-and-soul abandon- 
ment of one's self to the Holy Ghost, will is- 
sue in wonders of faith and peace and power 
that make a heaven on earth, e^en in Geth- 
semane. To be Christed is to be proof 
against all that man and devils can inflict. — 
This God-dominated life is the only one 
worth living. All other has its terminus in 
the lake of fire and brimstone, which is the 
second death, in eternal stench and horror, 
"the blackness of darkness forever." 

Let this be our motto, "To me to live IS 
CHKIST." We want nothing more in Eter- 
nity, nor has God anything better to give. 



INFIDELITY-SKEPTICISOI. 



BY D. G. MARTZ. 



Christians everywhere must see with re- 
gret and humiliation the efi'ects of some one 
of the many heads of the hydra-headed mon- 
ster — Skepticism. Its work is seen alike in 
the scofi's of the illiterate and unlearned, and 
in the blasphemous utterances of such men 
as Hume and, of late, Ingersoll. Hume as- 
serted, years ago, that the evidence of the 
Scriptures is not sufiicient to justify our be- 
lief of such au unusual occurrence as a mir- 
acle. This assertion is false and unreasona- 
ble. AVe believe, upon weaker evidence ev- 
ery way, that such and such an event record- 
ed in history (profane), occurred. Neither 
Mr. Hume nor Ingersoll doubt the state- 
ments made in regard, for instance, to the 
history of Troy, Carthage, Athens, Greece, 
Rome, Lycurgus, Socrfetes, Demosthenes, or 
the history of Paganism in general, all ol 
which were written by men, perhaps interest- 
ed, and having selfish ends in view. 

These profane historians, in nearly all cas- 
es, had an exalted opinion of their subjects 
and all were qualified, by the education of 
the age in which they lived, to paint, in glow- 
ing colors, the acts and deeds of their he- 
roes, and certainly gave full rein to their 
lively and cultivated imaginations in describ- 



ing the events of those times and the deeds 
of those men. Yet the Galilean fishermen, 
entirely illiterate, comparatively speaking, in 
portraying the character of our Savior, even 
without the aid of anything except a burn- 
ing desire to record facts, painted a picture 
which so far excels any painted before or 
since, in all the lovely attributes peculiar to 
the character of their subject; so as to cer- 
tainly convince any one, not purposely blind, 
that the acts and deeds recorded by them did 
actually occur. 

To-day, the most learned man in the world, 
in attempting to delineate or describe the 
most exalted character of earth, cannot, after 
reading the portrayal of the character of our 
adorable Savior by Matthew, Mark, Luke, 
and John, invest his picture with that sub- 
lime and awful pathos which is peculiar to 
their narrative of our Savior's life, acts and 
death. 

Aside from these facts, to say that Christ 
could not perform miracles, of course is to 
say he was an impostor and not the Sou of 
God; for if he was the Son of God, he was 
God, and possessed all the attributes of God, 
and consequently could cause the lame to 
walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and 
the dead to live. 

Ingersoll says, in his blasphemous lectures, 
that "our God never built a school-house." 
Why, God has, through his providence, cov- 
ered the laud with school-houses. He (In- 
gersoll) could compose a better set of com- 
mandments. He would have said, "Do not 
enslave your neighbor." What is this com- 
pared with "Love thy neighbor as thyself"? 
He would to-day, if he could, immure every 
man of the South who lifted his arm against 
the government during the late war, in a 
dungeon for tlie rest of his days. There is 
no forgiving enemies in his despicable char- 
acter. 

But why spend time on such men ? The 
ministry ought always earnestly to advise 
men to stay away from his blasphemous ha- 
rangues, and instead of paying to hear them, 
pay others to stay away. Not that any harm 
may be done to men of good sound sense, 
but many of weak minds are thus led aside 
from the truth and inspiration of the Script- 
ures. Let men examine the history of the 
world, and see what the tenets of the gospel 
have done for man. They have even render- 
ed it possible for such men as Ingersoll to 
proclaim their blasphemous doctrines to the 
world. 

But let men charge that Christ was au im- 
postor; then ask them the question, Did any 
other such character ever live? If not, how 
did the evangelists conceive of such a char- 
acter without a model, and that mod<el, Christ? 
Is it leasonable to suppose that the meek 
and lowly Galileans, uneducated as they un- 
doubtedly were, could conceive of and de- 
scribe so minutely (and in doing so, agree so 
well) the most perfect human being (aside 
from his Godhood ) that has ever lived, in- 
comparably the most perfect? Could they 
have conceived and promulgated the most ex- 
alted, incomparably the most exalted, code of 
morals ever conceived by the mind of man? 
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THE aOSFEL JMESSElSTaER. 



centuries, one that has been tried by fire and 
Bword, and still shines out in greater prepon- 
derance among others than does the sun 
amoDg the planets. Its pervading spirit is 
love; the pervading spirit of others, revenge. 
Men may reason well and use specious argu- 
ments, hid in sophistical phrases and logical 
forms, but all must fall before the plain and 
■ unassuming history of the life of our Im- 
maculate Savior, from which will flow an un- 
quenchable stream of light and love, redeem- 
ing men from their sins, long ages after the 
names of Hume and Ingersoll shall have 
passed into oblivion. 

GOI> IN NATURE. 



BY JAMES M. NEFF. 



All oration del itered before the PliUorhctorktii Society, 
Mount Morris College. 

'•The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firma. 
ment showeth his handwork. Day unto day utteieth 
speech, and night unto nif;ht showeth knowledge." 

Dead, indeed, are the sensibilities of him 
to whom Nature affords no beauties. The 
entire universe is replete with beauties such 
as can owe their existence to nothing inferior 
to a God. To be deplored, indeed, is the 
condition of 1;hat man who can look upon 
nature without seeing beauties indescribable 
and without number. Even to the superfi- 
cial observer, she presents an endless variety 
of beauties. 

The swelling bud in the early spring-time; 
the full-blown rose, with its charming beau- 
ty and delightful odor; the modest daisy, 
peeping ©ut from some secluded spot, as 
though it would hide itself from view; the 
sparkling dew-drops, like so many diamonds, 
hanging from the trembling grass-blade; ver- 
dant meadows, o'er which snow-white lamb- 
kins sport in merry glee; the running brook- 
lets that sparkle and murmur through mead- 
ow and vale; and the shining pebbles that lie 
beneath them; — who can look upon all these 
without seeing beauties and recognizing that 
God is present everywhere? Who can look 
upon such an inspiring scene without being 
filled with aspirations for a higher life and 
a closer walk with God ? 

Who can look upon the mighty oak, the gi- 
gantic father of the forest, without being im- 
pelled to look beyond to the Creator, beside 
whose incomparable infinity his own meager 
insignificance seems to be "almost annihilat- 
ed"? 

Who can stand at the foot of a snow-cap- 
ped mountain, and gaze upon its rugged and 
ragged peaks without bowing in adoration to 
Him by whom "every mountain and island 
were moved out of their places," and who "is 
more glorious and excellent than the mount- 
ains of prey"; or who can stand at the sum- 
mit of the same rough, rocky mass, and look 
down upon the varied scenes and teeming 
millions below without realizing his own in- 
feriority, and spurning "the fool" who "hath 
said in his heart. There is no God"? 

Who can stand upon the bank of a mighty 
river, and look upon its angry waters with- 
out remembering that He at whose command 
"all the rivers of Judah" flowed "with wa- 



ters," and whose "angel poured out his vial 
upon the rivers and fountains of waters," so 
that "they became blood," yet rules the ele- 
ments and holds them in His power? 

Who can behold a huge cataract and listen 
to its deafening roar, as it plunges from the 
dizzy mountain heights and dashes upon the 
crflggy rocks below, without being involunta- 
rily filled with an emotion of awe and admi- 
ration ? 

Who can stand upon the ocean beach and 
look upon its surging billows, and vainly at- 
tempt to contemplate its vastness, without 
again lifting his mind to Him who "alone 
spreadeth out the heavens and treadeth upon 
the sea," who "divideth the sea with his pow- 
er," and "gathereth the waters of the sea to- 
gether as a heap," and "hath measured the 
waters in the hollow of His hand" ? 

Who can look with calm indifference upon 
an approachihg tempest, and not think of 
Him who hath provided "a place of refuge," 
and "a covert from storm and from rain," 
and "hath His way in the whirlwind and in 
the storm"? 

Who can listlessly gaze at the huge col- 
umns of fleecy clouds as they hang in their 
magnificence above the horizon, while the 
last rays of the eetting sun paint their bor- 
ders in glittering gold, and not lift his soul 
in holy breathing, and chant an anthem to 
the praise of Him "the dust of whose feet" 
they are? 

Who can gaze into the dark, blue heavens, 
star-studded and glowing, traversed by the 
"milky way," and lit up by the soft rays of 
the smiling moon, without remembering that 
thfre was a time "when the morning stars 
sang together, and all the sons of God shout- 
ed for joy"; and O, who, at the sight of this 
majestic panorama, can refrain from raising 
his voice in harmony with that of "the heav- 
ens" in the declaration of ''the glory of God"? 

Bat, by the aid of the telescope, we are 
admitted into a world of worlds, the infinite 
expanse of which baifles every attempt at 
comprehension. In whatever direction we 
may scan the heavens, our view is met by in- 
numerable wonders, indescribable beauties, 
and worlds without number. 

Then, too, by au examination of the mi- 
croscopic world, which is teeming with myri- 
ads of tiny creatures, we meet with beauties 
no less worthy of admiration. 

And thus we might go on enumerating the 
wonderful and awe-inspiring beauties of nat- 
ure; but, in the midst of all this, what sig- 
nificant sound meets our ears? The voice of 
this vast mxiltitude of the objects of nature 
in unison fills the air, and we hear, as the 
culmination pf the united shout, the loyal 
and enthusiastic words: " The Han.d that 
made us is divine! " 

What, then, is the effect of such a scene 
upon the observer? To what conclusion 
must he come, after beholding such a scene, 
and listening to the incontrovertible evidence 
of "so great a cloud of witnesses" ? Can he 
1 retii'o from the scene without a confirmation 
of his faith in the Omnipotent? Ah! when 
he seeks seclusion to meditate upon what he 
has seen nud heard, although wo may hear 



from him no outward expression, yet in his 
heart, he will feel and know that in deed and 
in truth there is a God; and that wherever 
we may go, we are met by indisputable evi- 
dences of the over-ruling power of Jehovah. 

Then will he ask himself the question: — 
"Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or 
whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I 
ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I 
make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there; 
if I take the wings of the morning, and 
dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even 
there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right 
hand shall hold me." 

Ah! well might the poet of nature say: — 

"Thou hast not left 
Thyself without a witness, in these .sliades 
Of tny perfection. Grandeur, strength and grace 
Are here to speak ol thee." 

Well might Shakespeare say that 

"Tiiis our life, exempt from public haunt, 
Finds tongues in trees, books m running brooks, 
Sermons in stones, and good in everything." 

How true are the words of Bryant; for he 
says: 

"To him who in the love of nature holds 
Communion with her vi>ible forms, she speaks 
A various language- for his gayer hours 
She has a voice of gladness and a smile 
And eloquence of beauty; and she glides 
Into his darker musings with a mild 
And healing sympathy that steals away 
Their sharpness ere he is aware. 

"When thoughts 
OF the last bitter hour come like a blight 
Over thy spirit, and sad images 
OF the stern sigony, and shroud and pall, 
And breathless darkness, aul tli.- narrow house, 
Make thi'e to shudder, and grow sick at heart; — 
Go forth und r the open sky, and li.«t 
To nature's teachings, while Irom all around — 
Earth and her waters, and the depths of air- 
Comes a stdl voice," 

cheering and consoling, and yet warning thee 
that "dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou 
return." 

TRINE IMIVIERSION IS THE JMODE OF 

BAPTlSiM TAUGUT BY 

CKBIST. 



BY J. W. SOUTHWOOD. 



X timber 3. 



In the third and last place, I desire to take 
a Scriptural view of the subject. While we 
do so, it shall be our object to offer but one 
argument, which we base upon the trinity of 
the Deity. That is, that theie are three per- 
sons in the Godhead. While we hold to the 
idea that there are three persons, or powers, 
in the Godhead in respect to their respect- 
ive work, or holy mission, we, nevertheless, 
hold that they are one, relative to their grand 
purpose. In other words, while we believe 
they are three in one sense, we also believe 
they are one in another sense. That is, they 
are three in the sense of Father, Sou and 
Holy Ghost, and one in the sense of Deity, 
or God. 

The idea is beautifully expressed in the 
following lines: "To God the Father, God 
the Son, and God the spirit three in one." 
In the first place, we desire to notice. Is the 
the foundation on which we base this argu- 
ment true? That is, whether it is true that 



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85 



there are three in the Godhead. While we 
do Qo we desire to get the name of each of 
three. The name common to each is God, 
that is, when they are considered as one they 
are called God. Now, we want to show that 
they are three in another sense, and that 
their distinguishing names are Father, Son, 
and Holy Ghost. In order to be still plain- 
er, we say, we want to show that when the 
names Father, Son and Holy Ghost are made 
use of, that it is the name of each in the 
sense in which they are three. The name 
Father does not mean Son nor Holy Ghost. 
The name Son does not belong to Father nor 
to the Holy Ghost, but belongs exclusively 
to the Son. Neither does the name Holy 
Ghost mean either Father or Son. The idea 
is, when they are spoken of as Father, Son 
and Holy Ghost, that they are three, and 
that these are their personal and distinctive 
names. 

We call attention first to the baptism of 
Christ, where we have Jesus coming up out 
of the water, the Spirit descending in form 
like a dove and lighting upon the Savior, 
and the Father from heaven saying, "This is 
my beloved Son." Matt. 3: 16. Here we 
have a clear case that they are three. The 
Father in heaven, the Sim coming up out of 
the water, and the Holy Ghost or Spirit de- 
scending like a dove and lighting upon the 
Son. We have here not only the idea of the 
number, but we have the Son, and Spirit di- 
rectly named, and the Father's recognition 
of his San virtually names him. In order to 
still make the matter plainer, we quote, in 
the next place, from 1 John 5: 7. "There 
are three that bear record in heaven." In re- 
gard to number, could language make it any 
clearer that there are three? The idea is like 
this, I say there are three persons passing 
by. So far as number is concerned, the mat- 
ter seems to be as clear as language can make 
it; but when I further state that it is a father, 
son and daughter, I not only confirm the first 
statement relative to the number, but I also 
double the force of the argument. 

John, after saying "There are three that 
bear record in heaven," confirms the state- 
ment and doubles the force by naming each 
of the three as follows: "The Father, the 
Word (or Son)and the Holy Ghost." John 
there sets forth their unity sense by saying, 
"And these three are one." We have now 
evidently shown that the Godhead is three 
in one sen^e, and that their personal or dis- 
tinctive names are Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost. 

We pass to notice the first point of this ar- 
gument, which is, that the names of Divini- 
ty as used the commission recorded in Matt. 
28: 19, are the names in which they are three. 
AVe have already shown that there are three, 
and the names are Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost. We find in the commission, that the 
number is three, and that tiie name of each 
is distinctly given: Father, which is one, and 
tlie Sou, which is the second, and the Holy 
Ghost being the third. Is it not clear that 
when boMi the number, by actual count, and 
the names also are given, that it is the sense 
in which thoy are three? In this way are 
they Uced in the commission. 



Again, according to the rules of English 
grammar, the sign of possession is used 
only at the last when two or more have a 
common possession. Thus, Walker and 
Johnson's Dictionary, or, by using "of" to 
denote possession; thus, The Dictionary of 
Walker and Johnson. But, should the pos- 
session of each be separate, then the sign of 
possession must be used at each name, as, 
Webster's and Worcester's Dictionary. In 
the commission we find, according to the 
rules of the Euglish, that the sign "of," de- 
noting possession, is used in connection with 
each name, which is equivalent to baptizing 
them in {eis, into) the Father's name, and in 
the Son's name, and in the Holy Ghost's 
name. This proves quite clearly that they 
are three, as used in the commission. 

Again, in the original the article ton, which 
is in the genitive, masculine singular, and de- 
notes that the noun to which it refers is in 
the possessive, we find that this article in 
the genitive is used befor each of the three 
names. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, which 
is also unmistakable evidence that they are 
considered as three, or as separate in the pos- 
session of their namea. We here append a 
rule found on page 215 of the "Hand Book 
to the Grammar of the Greek New Testa- 
ment": "In the enumeration of several pre- 
sons or things, joined by a connective parti- 
cle, an article before the first only intimates 
a connection between the whole, as forming 
one object of thought. Tiiis is termed com- 
bined enumeration. Therepeated article, on 
the other hand, implies separation, in them- 
selves, or in the view taken of them." This 
last may be termed" separate enumeration. 
This rule, which only applies to the Greek 
language, makes an unanswerable argument 
in favor of the fact that the divine names 
found in the commission are used in the 
sense in which they are three. 

The remaining point of this argument is 
to show that it requires three actions to get 
into three separate names, or into the func- 
tional part expressed by its separate name.' 
For illustration, we select a tree which con- 
tains a root, a trunk and a large branch. It 
is one in the sense of a tree, yet three in the 
sense of the office performed by the root, 
trunk and branch severally. So, Deity is 
one, in the sense expressed by the teim God, 
yet three when used in respect to the person- 
al name and office of each. Now, then, if I 
say to some one. There is that tree and here 
ierthis spear, Go, thrust it into the wood of 
the root, and of the trunk, and of the large 
branch, is it not clear that it would require 
three actions? If I had said. Go, thrust the 
spear into the tree, then one action would 
have been sutHcient, because it would have 
been in the sense in whiqh it is one. So, if 
the commission had been. Go, baptize them 
into the name of God, then one action would 
have been sufficient, because it is a sense in 
which Driity is one. But the cnmmissiou is 
given in the sense in %vhich they are three. 
It, therefore, evidently requires three actions, 
as mucli so as thrusting I he spear into the 
root, trunk and branch of the tree. 

The name Father, as used in the commis- 



sion, is not the Son's name, nor Holy Ghost's 
name, nor any part of them, but is a separ- 
ate name belonging exclusively to the first 
person of the Godhead, and the command 
is to baptize into it, that is, into the Father's 
name. To obey this command, clearly re- 
quires an action. So likewise with the Son 
and also with the Holy Ghost, Therefore, 
in order to get into the Father's name, re- 
quires an action; and to get into the Son's 
name requires another; and to get into the 
Holy Ghost's name requires a third. There- 
fore, trine immersion is the requirement of 
the commission as given by Christ. 



SHALL WE GO? 



^ 



Of late years the minds of many of our 
dear brethren and sisters have been exercised 
in regard to the increasing crowd at our An- 
nual Meetings. While the assembling of a 
large number of outsiders, merely for the 
sake of curiosity, is to be deplored, I cannot 
comprehend why there should be objections 
against our dear brethren and sisters thus 
meeting in the work of the Lord and the in- 
terchange of thought, as well as the building 
up of each other in the most precious faith. 

Some of the objectors claim that the large 
amount of money spent for A. M., might be 
put to better use. Well, if there is anything 
better than the strengthening of brotherly 
love, reuniting those who have not seen each, 
other for years, perhaps, and, doing for us 
now,wh.a.t the annual fetist-days did for the 
Israelites, — let us have it. But as long as 
our venerable, old brethren, and our active 
young workers, continue to make A, M. the 
place for doing the work of the Lord, setting 
on foot the grand missionary enterprises that 
are being successfully conducted, — just that 
long it will be a place where every member 
can be, or should be, to edification. 

It is also claimed, that since the delegate 
system, we do not need any one at the meet- 
ing but the Standing Committee and Dele- 
gates. I hope the time may never come when 
the Brethren will lose interest in the aflfairs 
of the church to such, an extent as to stay at 
home, just because the congregation has al- 
ready sent a delegate. "I must be about my 
father's business," was the life-motto of One 
who is worthy to be imitated. Let us go to 
A. M. with that purpose in view, and our 
meeting there will be a Pentecost, such as 
has not been seen since the days of the apos- 
tles. • _ _ _ L. A. P. 

Happiness is not something that can be 
parcelled out and divided evenly among a 
number of people. It does not consist in the 
possession of money, or applause, or fame, or 
position, or all united, for it is well known 
that these may co-exist with mucli misery. 
Neither is it involved in advantages and op- 
portunities however numerous and valuable 
they may be, for these are often neglected or 
misused. It is rather the result in our own 
experience of the full exercise of all our fac- 
ulties. In other words, complete life would 
include complete happiness, and, though, 
with our numerous imperfections, this is, at 
present, impossible, the fuller and richer the 
life, the happier it must necessarily be. 



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THE OOSl^EX^ IVIESSElSraEIl. 



LIFE IS THE TIME TO SERVE THE 
JLOKD. 



BY REUBEN SHROYEB. 



Man was created for a purpose. He is not 
born merely to eojby the pleasures of this 
world. He was created to honor and glorify 
his Creator. He should not only do this him- 
self, but he should endeavor to show to those 
around him the beauty, the glory, and the 
happiness in worshiping and obeyinc; him 
who is Lord over all, and who hath measured 
•the waters in the hollow of his hand, and 
meted out heaven with the span, and compre- 
hended the depth of the earth in a measure, 
and weighed the mountains in scales and the 
hills in a balance. Such a God is he with 
whom we have to deal, ia whom is no vari- 
ableness, neither shadow of turning. 

With what fear, love and gratitude should 
we approach the throne of grace for his con- 
tinued favors and blessings. He is the Crea- 
tor of all things, and to him every knee must 
bow and every tongue confess that he is the 
Lord. Let us then, my dear brethren and 
sisters, labor to have the love of God shed 
abroad in our hearts. Let us ever try to sow- 
to the Spirit, for he that soweth to the Spirit 
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting, but 
he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh 
reap corruption. Bear in mind that the fruit 
of the Spirit is love, joy and peace. Beloved 
in the Lord, let us love one another for love 
is of God and every one that loveth is born 
of God. If this love be and abide in us, we 
shall grow in grace and in the knowledge of 
the truth. 

We shall also hate pride in whatever form 
it may mak^* its appearance. We shall also 
desire to associate with the people of God 
.and love and cherish godly conversation. 
This desire we should cultivate more and 
more, and shun those things which lead the 
mind away from God and his unbounded 
love toward us, his erring creatures. Oh, 
my dear brethren, let us not neglect the as- 
sembling of ourselves together as the manner 
of some is, but let us be found in his house, 
there worshiping him who has loved us so 
well as to send his Son into the world to re- 
deem us from the curse of a broken law. Had 
it not been for this great love that God had 
for the human family, we to-day would be la- 
boring under the consequences of that violat- 
ed law. But Jesus came to restore the guilty 
race of Adam, and bring them out from un- 
der the yoke and bondage of sin and make 
them heirs of God And joint heirs with Jesus 
Christ. 

He gave hie own life as a ransom for us; 
he bought us with his own blood; he came to 
seek and save all that feel themselves lost in 
sin, and through him we may have everlast- 
ing life. My dear, unconverted reader, we 
entreat you to listen to the voice of the bless- 
ed Savior calling you to follow him and be 
saved. "Come unto me," he says, "all ye that 
labor and are heavy laden and I will give you 
rest." But who will be accepted? Again we 
hear its whisper?, "Whosoever will may come 
and take of the water of life freely." We 
would call upon our dear youth to bear in 



mind that everything will change and decay, 
and your lives, though they bid fair, may 
soon change. 

Therefore, I earnestly entreat you to give 
up your heart early to Jesus. There is no 
assurance of long life, but there- is a large 
store of pleasure in the heart of the Chris- 
tian. Seek peace with God before it is too 
late. Jesus is the sinner's friend, and he will 
gladly accept all who come to him with peni- 
tent hearts. 



NOTES AND JOTTINGS. 



BY I. J. ROSENBERGEU. 



The Quaker friends of England recently 
wrote to the postmaster of West Milton, 0., 
and inquired whether it be true that their 
brethren had a fancy house of worship in his 
town, with its tall steeple and fancy fixtures, 
whose music was furnished by an organ and 
choir. 

The postmaster answered that the above 
was all true, and that the inmates (except a 
few of the veterans) presented a picture of 
the modern style and fashion of the day; 
that their quiet, peculiar manner of worship 
had been changed into a loud and clamor- 
ous style equal to our modern Methodists. 

It is said that the departures on the part 
of the Friends in America from their ancient 
and admired simplicity, is very painful to the 
Friends in Europe. They feel "her glory 
has departed" and surely the feature of plain- 
ness has departed. 

It is well known that this Miami Valley 
constitutes one of the most densely populat- 
ed districts of our fraternity in the States. 
It was here the idea was conceived by the 
Old Order element to withdraw from the 
church, and by their vigorous efforts they 
took, in places, quite a number with them. 
They have built quite a number of large 
houses of worship. A very common inquiry 
ia, "What do they want with such large 
houses?" for their present congregations do 
not require houses of that size. Their growth, 
where any, is small, while a number of their 
congregations is reported discouraging. Ee- 
lative to the Progressive element, there is 
certainly but little encouragement for them 
in our valley, while the Brethren's cause is 
quietly advancing. Peace and order seem to 
prevail. Some congregations have received 
a number equal to that that withdrew. We 
recently restored two from the Progressive 
element with us. 

Many houses of worship are not built with 
proper proportions, and as a result there is 
such an echoing of the speaker's voice that 
renders it difficult for him to be heard. This 
difficulty can be materially obviated by in- 
serting a thimble in the opposite end of the 
ceiling from the speaker's stand. The as- 
cending current thus formed will arrest the 
echo, besides produces a partial ventilation. 

Bro. Miller's "Letters from Europe and 
Bible Lands" proves to be a work of interest. 
The information he gives of the abundance 
of water in and around JorusalRm facili- 
tating immersion, in opposition to the state- 
ments of many pedo-baptists, renders the 



work a valuable one, especially for our min- 
isters. 

Wife and I arrived at Father Workman's 
on the eve of the 20th. His case presents 
nothing flattering. His pacifying influence 
has been felt for years in the church and vi- 
cinity. 

EVENING REFLECTIONS. 



BY JOS. B. MOATS. 



It is when evening has taken possession of 
time, when the sun has set, the day faded, 
and "the plowman homeward plods his weary 
way," that we love to draw our chair to the 
fire and let reflection take possession of our 
minds. Our Savior, while on earth, when 
evening came, would turn his steps toward 
the wilderness. There, perhaps, could we 
but know, he would spend the evening reflect- 
ing on things far too deep for mortal minds. 

It seems as though our minds are in a bet- 
ter mood for reflection at the close of day, 
than any other time. Perhaps because we 
have the occurrences of the day to reflect up- 
on. It is evening now, and reflection steals 
gently over us. We reflect upon human- 
ity and our own insignificance. The little 
birds, all the insects and the beautiful flowers 
know no sorrow, neither do they know right 
from wrong. Flowers bloom a few days and 
wither away; birds drop their wings and die. 
God created them all, not only them, but us 
too. O, he is so kind tons! Do we thank 
him for all his kindness? Can we ever repay 
him for .what he has done for us? 

When evening comes we become weary and 
fall asleep, we are unconscious and know not 
what is going on, but he sends his guardian 
angel for protection. All night long we are 
under his care, and in the morning we awake 
bright and happy. "The sun rises in the east 
and sets in the west." A few days of sorrow 
and disappointment and man goes to his long 
home. Like the thousands of insects that are 
unknown, in a few days his vacancy is refill- 
ed and he is known no more. He now re- 
ceives the reward for his labors; he now reaps 
what he has sown. 

FAMILY WORSHIP. 



BY .J. H. MOORE. 



Bro. John Calvin Bright's articlS on "Fam- 
ily Worship," on page 37 of the Messenger, 
is a very timely suggestion, and ought to be 
universally heeded by every, family in the 
church, I believe it the duty of every fam- 
ily to have regular seasons of worship, and 
also think it the duty of every minister, and 
especially every elder, to instruct the mem- 
bers to erect the family altar. Since all ad- 
mit family worship a duty, I need spend no 
time quoting Scripture in its defense, but 
will at once refer to things that are practi- 
cal, 

1. Bro. Quinter, by the reading of Bro, 
Bright's article, will see that his sermon on 
Family Worship on that occasion took imme- 
diate eftect. Now, let other ministers take 
courage and do likewise. Do hot too severe- 



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ly censure the members because they have 
failed to erect the altnr, for many of them are 
timid, and have never received much encour- 
agement in that way. But mildly instruct 
them and then encourage them to commence 
tlie work. 

2. When laying the order before appli- 
cants for baptism, I have made it a rule to 
urge them to commence family worship at 
once, for it is easy to introduce the altar into 
the family at that time. This was always 
done before the public, in the presence of 
the congregation, and by thuff mentioning it 
in public, I could more forcibly impress it 
upon the minds of the members already in 
the church. 

3. 1 have tried various plans of family 
worship, but have found none to work so con- 
veniently as the following: VVe have our sea- 
son of worship about 7 o'clock in the even- 
ing, or soon after the evening work is done 
in the house. One of the children passes a 
Bible to each member of the family. We 
read thu lesson, verse turn-about. After the 
reading we have prayer. After prayer I an- 
nounce the lesson for the next evening, and 
the books are returned to their place by the 
one who distributed them. We have our 
children to take weekly turns acting as libra- 
rian. The appointment is made on Sunday 
evening. By having our worship at 7 o'clock 
the children can take part before getting 
sleepy. Wife and I take turris leading in 
prayer, and if we have any members living in 
the family we have them take part In • the 
prayers also. At different times we have had 
young sisters living with us; they willingly 
officiated in prayer, thus training themselyes 
for the work. If I do not happen to be at 
home at the proper time for worship, the wor- 
ship goes on at any rate. For our lessons we 
follow the daily readings marked out by the 
International Sunday-school Quarterly, pub- 
lished by David C. Cook, of Chicago, 111. I 
mention this for the benefit and encourage- 
ment of those who are seeking a convenient 
system of worship. If the wife feels too tim- 
id to lead in prayer let her close with the 
Lord's prayer. 

4. There are those who, it seems, cannot 
pick up the courage to oiliciate in prayer. To" 
such I would give this advice. Head the 
Scriptures in the family, having each mem- 
ber take part, then sing a few suitable hymns. 
This practiced awhile will give you a desire 
to pray; then family prayer will come in quite 
naturally. 

5. I once lived with a very pious family 
that had its season of worship every Sunday 
evening. The early evening was spent sing- 
ing, reading a chapter and prayer. To me 
these were happy Sunday evenings, and I 
shall never forget the good impression made. 
To those who do not think proper to have 
family worship every evening I suggest this 
plan. 

('). I have now given some of my own ex- 
perience with the hope of encouraging and 
inspiring others, and also with the hope of 

stirring up others to do likewise. 

^ ■•— ^^^^ 

An evil speaker differs from an evil-doer 
only in the want of opportunity. 



THE BUILDING UP OF ZION. 



BY 8. T. BOSSERMAN, 



"When the Lord shall build up Ziou, he sh;ill appear 
iri his glory." Ps. 102: 10. 

God works through natural agencies to ac- 
complish his work upon earth. This is a law 
immutable, and he that resists becomes dwarf- 
ed physically and morally. God helps thoss* 
who help themselves, an experience that all 
may learn. Facts are stubborn things, yet 
are facts still. The individual who would 
make for himself a livelihood must unite his 
energies with the natural agencies surround- 
ing him. If he would reap he mubt plant. 
If he would have food he must gather the 
grain. 

The Psalmist realized the fact that if he 
would be filled, he also had a part of the work 
to do; must open his mouth. "Open thy 
mouth wide, and I will fill it." Ps. 81: 10. 
Success in life is attended by close applica- 
tion of our own energies. God's will is not 
our will, hence we sometimes fail, and we 
feel to step outside the busy throng, forget- 
ting that this same failure is a means to an 
end, to bring us nearer him who has said, "I 
will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Fail- 
ures are. sad experiences and hard lessons to 
learn. 

Are we sick and desirous to get well ? We 
must place ourselves on the way to health. 
Have we violated laws of health? We must 
now revere and obey them. God has provid- 
ed means for a physicial building up; an all- 
restorative from the great storehouse of the 
materia medica, and the greatest of all re- 
medial agencies is faith. Can we grasp it? 
We must make use of the agencies if we ex- 
pect to be built up. But we sometimes fail. 
I should become discouraged, did I not re- 
member that my blessed- Master once prayed 
to be relieved, but the "cup" did not pass. 
The drinking of the cup is for our own puri- 
fication. 

"When the Lord shall build up Zion." 
Will he do this work himself? There must 
be a union of efibrt, we must act conjointly 
with God if we would, have Zion built up in 
our midst. O, the great work of the church! 
How vast her labors! Is she doing what "she 
could" in this grand accomplishment? The 
many calls for preaching yet unheeded, — 
houses of worship and they not built, — mis- 
sionary calls and no messenger to proclaim, 
—newly organized churches not yet self-sup- 
porting. O, the increasing responsibilities! 
Some are ready to go, but where is their sup- 
port? Who will care for the wife and chil- 
dren? Our purse strings must snap and the 
cankered gold of the Brotherhood must be 
poured out and judiciously expended, and 
those barren deserta of sin will yet "blossom 
as the rose," and God will yet appear in all 
his glory among us. 

I am rejoiced to know, through the Mes- 
senger, that the means are ready, to some ex- 
tent, to push forward the work, and that the 
inquiry of the Committee is, "Who will go?" 
It is to be humbly hoped there are sufficient 
active, a) ile- bodied, willing, and faithful ser- 
vants of the Most High God that will respond 



and engage in the work according toheaven'w 
commission. 

It thrills the soul with yy u. Luuw our 
Brotherhood is becoming more and more 
awakened to the idea of helping the Lord in 
"building up Zion," and as she avails herself 
of means, in funds and self-sacrificing men- 
and women, the work must and will be ac- 
complished. By this union of effort the 
church is gloriously at work throughout the 
states and Zion is being built up. 

Though I am far from home and friends, 
away from my own charge, I still remember 
my native worship at the sacred desk and 
the Sunday-school, and whether I shall ever 
be able to actively resume my labors again is 
locked up in the great mind of God ; to me it 
is not known. But I hear my co-laborers are 
blessed with the inspiration of God, and are 
holding forth the words of life and sinners 
are being converted. 

Here comes the voice from the mountains 
and valleys of Virginia of a great outpouring 
of the Spirit of God among his children. 
Some holy "sons of thunder" are there, storm- 
ing the enemy's battlements, and in a few 
days' labor conversions have taken place al- 
most miraculous in point of number. All 
along the line, from the Atlantic to the Pa- 
cific slope, the good news of church-reviving 
power is manifested to the strengthening of 
the borders of Zion. 

God has appeared in the "burning bush," 
shining in all his majestic grandeur. The 
men of God have beheld the "holy ground," 
and have divested themselves of their shoes, 
lived in humble contrition at the foot of the 
cross, caught the inspiration of Christ and 
entered the conflict. This work already no- 
ticed, noble as it is, has been done amongst 
many willing workers and with little expense. 
But how is it on the frontier? How among 
the poor? How among the people of the far 
off Sunny South? When the Lord shall build 
up Zion in those places, it only will be done 
by a united effort of God's children co-oper- 
ating with the Lord in the upbuilding of the 
cause here or elsewhere on the frontier. God 
has blessed the church with means. Will 
she untie her purse strings? The mission 
cause must have substantial aid financially 
Txntil self-supporting, or failure will be stamp- 
ed on every effort We may have self-sacri- 
ficing ministers who are willing to try mis- 
sionary work, but cannot sacrifice to the ex- 
tent of all their property, and then of neces- 
sity stop work, become a charge themselves, 
perhaps, exceeding the aid necessary in keep- 
ing them at work. 

Traveling over the loose sands in this gen- 
ial clime is labor not very enviable, while 
seeking houses in which- to worship, is ac- 
cepted with indifference and oft attended 
with some cost, and to secure good congrega- 
tions from among the native element requires 
some effort. In older localities or in cities 
other churches are already established, hence 
mission work cannot be carried on extensive- 
ly without cost. But if the church will lend 
her aid, committed to her by the Lord, the 
work will grandly go on. 

And when that glorious time shall come, 
when the holy work ia done, aided onward 
by the strength of our means, our hands and 
our voice, then 'tis "when the Lord shall 
build up Ziou and he shall appear in all his 
resplendent glory." 



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Bbotheb Frank McCune has been holding 
meetings in Panora, Iowa. Good interest is 
reported, and we hope to hear of sinners turn- 
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Bro. D. W. C Rowe, Dnpont, O., says that 
Bro. J. P. Ebersole and a number of other 
ministering brethren were with them at their 
love-feast, and that the meeting was a very 
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Bro. Enoch Eby will go to Texas next 
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"The Lord is my Shepherd, first, in watch- 
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ond, in tenderness, carrying us in his arms 
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fidelity; fourth, boundless power. When the 
thorns pierce, turn to him. When you feel 
the burden of sin, think of him. The most 
secret sin of couBcience he can light upon 
and heal." 



The brethren in the Yellow River church, 
Marshall Co., Ind., have just closed a series 
of meetings. Three were received by bap- 
tism, two reclaimed and the members greatly 
strengthened. 

The meetings at Monitor, Ind., closed on 
the 16th of Jan. with two additions by bap- 
tism. Bro. George W. Cripe labored faith- 
fully for the cause of the Master and a good 
work was done. 



Bro. N. S. Dale reports that Bro. Thom- 
as Keiser was to hold some meetings for the 
brethren in the Vermillion Church, 111 , be- 
ginning Jan, 24. We shall be glad to have 
a further report of the meetings. 

The long, cold spell of weather has given 
place to warmer days and the snow is rapid- 
ly disappearing. The sleighing which has 
been excellent for some time, will soon be 
gone, to the sorrow of the young people. 

A CARD from Bro. Jacob Witmore, written 
at Adrian, Bates Co., Mo., says: "I am here 
trying to preach the words of eternal life to 
the people. We have interesting congrega- 
tions. May the Lord bless our labor here in 
trying to set up the Master's cause." 



Bro. L. W. Fitzwater says he has just re- 
turned from Ottawa Co., Kan., where Bro. 
H. Talhelm, the home minister, has been 
holding meetings. Four had been b.aptized 
and the prospects were good for more to come 
before the close of the meeting. 



The meetings at West Branch, in this 
county, closed last Sunday evening. Bro. 
Daniel Deardorflf was with the brethren over 
Sunday. The meetings were well attended, 
and excellent interest manifested. Hope 
good results will follow the labors of our 
brethren. 

Bro. a. W. Austin writes that Bro. Snow- 
berger has been holding meetings with the 
brethren at Scandia, Kan. Much interest 
was manifested and the saints were strength- 
ened. From Scandia, brethren Austin and 
Snowberger go to Burr Oak, where they will 
hold meetings for ten days. 



The Brethren in Waddam's Grove are 
holding meetings this week. They tried to 
get some outside help, but finding no one 
ready to come, they went to work themselves. 
That is right. Let the home ministers go to 
work all over the Brotherhood, and we shall 
hear of a great work. The Lord helps those 
who help themselves. The work is before 
you; will you do it? 



J. D. Trostle, of K-iusas, says : "By re- 
quest, I intend to spend a few weeks with 
the brethren in Brown Co , Kan. I expect 
to start tomorrow. The church here is in 
love and union, and is about to make an ef- 
fort to build a meeting- house. We still en- 
joy our new home, and as j^et, have not had 
occasion to regret the change. The Winter, 
however, has been colder than we expected, 
but those who have lived here for years, tell 
us that this is an exception. We are all in 
health, thank the Lord." 



Bro. Jacob Witmore, writing from 
Adrian, Bates Co., Mo. says: "Oar meetings 
are well attended, with growing interest." — 
We hope to hear of the good work prosper- 
ing in our brother's hands. 



Ezra Greene, of St. Joseph, Mo., would 
like to move to a place where he could have 
the advantage of the Brethren's preaching. 
He would like to work on a farm and his wife 
do light' house work. Any one wishing to cor- 
respond with him will address him above. 



Sister Eliza Swab, of Lanark, III, has a 
little boy of seven years, for whom she wish- 
es to get a good place. The sister is a wid- 
ow, in poor circumstances, and has a large 
family to support. Any of our brethren or 
sisters who would be willing to help the sis- 
ter, can address her as above. 



Sister L. Terwilliger, of Labette Co., Kan., 
writes us that brethren Martin and J. Neher 
held some very good meetings for the members 
at Mound Valley, Kan.,commencing Jan. 17th 
and closing on the 25th of the same month. 
Good impressions were made and the breth- 
ren are urged to return again to the same 
field. 

Bro. H. W. Kreighbaum, of South Bend, 
Ind., is at home again from his missions to 
Ohio. He reports very good meetings and a 
general good feeling among the churches. He 
is now busy at home attending meetings. 
Many of the congregations in Northern In- 
diana, and especially . those around South 
Bend, are holding series of meetings. 



It is strange indeed, how changes in for- 
tune affect all classes of people. N(me are 
so rich but that they may become poor, and 
none so high but that they may be brought 
very low. These thoughts were suggested 
by reading in a paper a few days ago, that 
the grandson of Stanislaus, King of Poland, 
is working by the mouth, and feeding cattle 
for a farmer near Baltimore, Md. 



The sweet singer of Israel, in the twenty- 
third Psalm, rejoices in the strength of the 
Lord in which he trusted. Death to him 
was but a shadow, passing through which he 
was assured of the presence of the God of 
his salvation. Christian brother, have you 
ever thought that death is not a reality, sim- 
ply a shadow, passing through which the 
child of God, leaning upon the rod and staff 
of the Lord, changes mortality for immor- 
tality? Ah, blessed hope of immortality. — 
Who shall take it from us ? 



We have letters from some of our agents 
who say that some complain that they are 
unable to take the paper, owing to the scar- 
city of money, "and yet," adds one of our 
correspondents, "they do not hesitate to 
spend several times the cost of the Messen- 
ger for the satisfaction of their appetites for 
tobacco." It seeiis almost incredible that 
any Christian would deny himself and his 
family of our church paper, in order to grat- 
ify his appetite with the filthy weed, and yet 
it is true. We can only say that it is very 
bad for those who do it. 



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We made a mistake in saying that the 
Bietbren at TiflBn, Ohio, had a prayer- meet- 
ing. The meeting referred 1;o is some distance 
from Tiffin. The mistake occurred uninten- 
tionally, and we hasten to correct it. 



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Our business, like every other financial in- 
terest, is more or less 8fi"f^cted by the strin- 
gency of the times. Bat, on the whole, we 
have reason to be thankful that it is no worse, 
and already we begin to see signs of better 
times. To our friends, who have stood by us 
and helped us in our work, we are largely in- 
debted for whatever success we have attained, 
and we take this occasion to thank them for 
.their help. Oar agents have worked faith- 
fully in gathering up names, and the Mes- 
senger is making glad many homes to-day 
where it has been introduced by our fellow- 
workers. Believing that the Messenger 
should be taken in every family in the Broth- 
erhood, and that its mission is to do good, we 
are anxious to extend its circulation. 

It is true that an increased circulation will 
benefit the publishers pecuniarily, yet we 
think we can safely say that this is not the 
highest motive in the desire that the paper 
may have a larger field of usefulness. It is 
e.xclusively OUR CHURCH paper. Its aim is to 
do good and to advance the cause of primi- 
tive Christianity; to uuiteour common Broth- 
erhood by the indissoluble tie of Christian 
love; to visit weekly the isolated members, 
bringing to them messages of comfort and 
consolation, and so keeping them firm in the 
faith; to collect church news from all parts 
of the Brotherhood and bear it to individual 
members, making glad hearts by telling of 
the prosperity of our beloved Zion, and to 
lead all to a higher Christian experience, and 
to a closer walk with God. 

We believe these objects can be attained 
by using the means that God gives us. In 
this work we believe that the Messenger will 
serve as an humble means. Hence we want 
all our dear brethren and sisters to read it. 
In this endeavor we appeal again to our agents 
to give ft helping hand. Although you have 
gathered up many names, there are numbers 
yet who are not taking the paper. Will you 



see them and make one more effort to get 
them to take it? The winter will soon be ov- 
er and with its close the time for your farm 
work will be at hand. Now is the time to 
work. Let each one try again and many 
more names will be added to those already 
taking the paper. Now is the time to do this 
work, and let it be done now. Remember 
that you are engaged in a good work, and 
that you may lead souls to a higher life by 
getting the Messenger introduced to them. 



REPUTATION AND CHARACTER. 



A man's reputation is in the keeping of his 
fellow-men, but his character is in God's 
hands. Reputation is apparent, and may or 
may not be an index to the man, but charac- 
ter is real; it is what we are, not what we ap- 
pear to be. The one may be ruined by the 
tongue of slander, or the malice of the tale 
bearer; but the other can only be destroyed 
by our own actions. A man may have a 
good reputation among men, but at heart be 
all wrong. This condition applies to the 
hypocrite. This may do for this life, aul 
even here it is not safe; but at the end, repu- 
tation will not count. God looks at charac 
ter, and character comes from trusting God 
and obeying his commands. Some one has 
said: "Character comes from simply trusting 
God, from controlling our faculties, fropi 
choosing rational ends, from clinging to our 
integrity against all external odds. It is 
shaped in retirement, in the silence of the 
soul, in the holy quiet of the home, in prac- 
ticing unostentatious duty, in filling well or- 
dinary providential positions, in enduring 
self-sacrifices, in daily thoughts, words and 
acts of unselfish love, in constant forbear- 
ance, forgiveness, sympathy, charity, victory 
over temptation, patience under trial, and 
prompt, perfect acquiescence in God's will." 

Let us see to it that our characters are 
right in the sight of God, and all else will be 
right. 

OUR MEETINGS IN CHICAGO. 



For some time the brethren have been im- 
pressed with the importance of making an ef- 
fort to hold meetings in Chicago, The ques- 
tion was brought before the Mission Board, 
and it was decided to make the effort. Bro. 
Hadsell, who is well known to many of our 
readers, obtained the names of most of the 
members living in the city, and after visiting 
among them, and finding that they desired to 
have a meeting, wrote to Bro. J. G. Royer to 
ascertain if he would fill an appointment. A 
favorable reply was given and an appoint- 
ment made for Friday evening, Jan. oOth. 
We went with Bro. Royor to Chicago and 
had the pleasure of attending the meetings 
and of forming the acquaintance of some of 
the members and friends. The meetings 
were hold in a hall at No. 3525 State street, 
about four and one half miles south of the 



business centre of the city. The hall is also 
used by the Baptist church, they having a 
mission and Sunday-school at this place. 

The first meeting was not largely attended, 
the impiessiou having gone out that the ser- 
vices would be conducted in the German lan- 
guage; but on Saturday evening the number 
in attendance was somewhat increased, and 
on Sunday was still larger. Bro. Royer 
preached three sermons, to which the most 
marked attention was paid, and we had rea- 
son to believe that good impressiona were 
made. One young man, who attended the 
meetings, expressed to us a strong desire to 
unite with the church, and another, who was 
kept away by the death of his father, but who 
had been reading the Messenger and some 
tracts sent to him by Bro. Hidsell, has also 
expressed the same desire; so that already 
there are souls in the great city who are im- 
pressed with the importance of obeying the 
gospel as believed and presented by the 
Brethren. 

We found, upon inquiry, that there are 
fourteen members living in the city, the ma- 
jority of whom are sisters. We visited some 
of them and found them well pleased with 
the thought that they could have the breth- 
ren come to Chicago and preach for them. 
The members received us cordially and made 
us feel very much at home among them. They 
are warm-hearted and manifest a love for the 
church. Some of them have not had an op- 
portunity of attending our meetings for a 
number of years, and they seemed to rejoice 
that they could again enjoy the privilege of 
worshiping according to the faith that is in 
them. 

• Looking at the work in Chicago, it seems 
to be not only needful but an imperative duty 
that the church provide and care for these 
members, as well as for those who desire to 
unite with us in serving the Lord. When 
we reflect that in this great city of over six 
hundred thousand souls, the brethren are 
practically doing nothing in the work of sav- 
ing the souls of perishing men and women, it 
should spur us to a greater eflfort to do our 
duty in the great work before us, A start 
has now been made, and we trust that this 
may be the opening of a work that will result 
in the salvation of sinners, and in strength- 
ening the cause of our Divine Master. 

At the close of the meetings a desire was 
expressed that an appointment be left for an- 
other meeting, and accordingl}' an appoint- 
ment was made for Saturday evening, Feb. 
lith, at 7:30 P. M., also on Sunday, Feb. 15th 
at 12:30 P. M., this being the only hour on 
Sunday that we can have the use of the ball. 
Brethren who may be visiting or passing 
through the city, will please remember the 
appointments. To reach the place of meet- 
ing tttke the State street cable cars coing 
south. Got off at 35th street and then you 
only have a few steps to the hall. 



90 



THE GOSP»EL jVIESSENOER. 



LAYIXP ASIDE EA'ERY WEIGHT. 



BY NOAH LONGANECKER. 



"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which 
doth so easily beset us." Heb. 12: 1. 

Knowing that there are various construc- 
tions placed on the above passage, We shall 
treat it with at least a due degree of Chris- 
tian charity. First: "Let us lay aside every 
weight." In tracing up the references, we 
find the following on "laying aside every 
weight": 

1st. "Put off concerning the former con- 
versation the old man." "Let all bitterness, 
and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil 
speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice." Eph. 4: 22, 31. 

2nd. "Fornication, and all uucleanness, 
or covetousness, let it not ber once named 
among you, as becometh saints: neither filth- 
iness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting," — how 
much of the two last named we find among 
us! — "which are not convenient." Eph. 5: 3, 
4 

3rd. "Put off all these; anger, wrath, mal- 
ice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of 
your mouth." Col. 3: 8. 

4th. "Wherefore, laying aside all malice, 
and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, 
and all evil speakings, etc." 1 Pet. 2: 1. 

Again, taking these reference passages, we 
find the reference from them to be to Heb. 
12: L 

Taking it for granted that the references 
are correct, we have the following: All that 
would impede the Christian in running "the 
race that is set before him"; all carnal and 
worldly lusts; all lust of the fl^esh, and lust 
of the eye, and pride ot life; all things, how- 
ever harmless they may appear to us, that 
would retard or impede our progress in the 
divine life, are "weights" that must be put 
off and laid aside, if we would "eo run, that 
we may obtain." 

Apostatizing from the faith; falling from 
grace; casting away our Christian confidence; 
drawing back again to the weak and beggar- 
ly elements of the world; losing our pilot 
and the "helm" of our salvation; these, etc., 
were things that pressed themselves heavily 
upon the minds of Christ and his apostles. — 
Against these they labored arduously. How 
zealously was Paul engaged in his epistle to 
the Hebrews, to provoke to steadfastness and 
faithfulness! He did this in two ways: 1st, 
By showing the Hebrews and us the direful 
consequences of those who fell on the way. 
2nd, By noticing the happy and glorious re- 
ward of the faithful. 

This leads us to notice, in the second place, 
What does Paul mean by "the sin which doth 
so easily beset us?" We have no references 
to follow, but the connection shows that Paul 
evidently referred to the sin of unbelief. Paul 
Baid that he was a Hebrew of the Hebrews. 
If Paul ever was explicit in his epistles, it 
was when he proved that "the besetting sin" 
of the Hebrews was "unbelief." Head his 
epistles carefully, especially the one to the 
Hebrews. 

Paul Hays not sine, but "the sin." The 
same sin that beset one, beset all. Clarke 



says, "what we term the easily besetting sin, 
is the sin of our constitution." But is that 
what Paul meant? We think not. That is 
one of the weights, and, O how great it often 
proves to be! It must, however, be laid aside. 
If Paul had reference to the so-called "sin of 
our constitution," then there would, no doubt, 
have been many different kinds of such sins 
among the Hebrew brethren; and, properly 
speaking, he would have said, "the sins which 
do so easily beset us." 

But here he writes of one ein as besetting 
all. And further, that sin he points out as a 
particular or definite one by using the defi- 
nite article "the," — "the sin." Now we think 
that we have shown that the besetting sin of 
the Hebrews was unbelief. It was the sin of 
unbelief that surrounded Abraham, but, 
thanks to God, he laid it aside and inherited 
the promise. God as much as declares that 
unbelief was the besetting sin of Moses and 
Aaron. 

In speaking of the Hebrews, Paul writes, 
"God hath concluded them all in unbelief." 
Satan even attempted to hem in or surround 
Christ. Matt. 4: 3. Bat the "it is written" 
shows how we may lay it aside. We all are 
too slow of heart to believe all that is writ- 
ten. But when we lay aside the easily beset- 
ting sin of unbelief, we can stand by faith, 
and inherit all things. Now let us read Heb. 
11, and we will find something better than 
all the above. 

Permit a few citations: "We see that they 
could not enter in because of unbelief." Heb. 
3: 19. "Let us labor, therefore, to enter into 
that rest, lest any man fall after the same 
example of unbelief." Heb. 4: II. Paul ex- 
plicitly tells his Hebrew brethren, "Seeing 
therefore, it remaineth that some must enter 
therein, and they to whom it was first preach- 
ed, entered not in because of unbelief." Now 
he admonishes them, "Let us lay aside the 
sin which doth so easily beset us." Unbelief 
is the sin that ever besets, stands about and 
around, surrounds and hems in (shall we 
say?) all the children of men. The apostles 
were no exception. Christ said unto them, 
"because of your unbelief." They laid it 
aside. 

> ■ 0^ » > 

"ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH BE IT 
UJS'TO YOU." 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 



"And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men fol- 
lowed him, crying, and saying. Thou son oi David, have 
mercy on us. 

"And when he was come into the house, the blind 
men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye 
that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, 
Lord. 

"Then touched he their eyes, saying. According to 
your faith be it unto you. 

"And their eyes wereopened." — Matt. 9: 27-30. 

TniR Scriptural narrative embraces the 
following facts: 

1. Two blind men came to Jesus to have 
their sight restored. 

2. They believed that Jesus was able to do 
this. 

3. Their eyes were opened. 

On the ijart of our Lord, we notice the 
following facts: 

1. He demanded of the blind men," Believe 
ye that I am able to do this?" 



2. He touched their eyes, saying, "Accord- 
ing to your faith, be it unto you." 

We inquire, what was the nature of the 
faith of the blind men? It was by faith that 
Jesus had power to give sight to the blind. 
What was the extent of that faith? It was 
broad, and long, and deep enough to reach 
the healing virtue of Christ. It was alto- 
gether appropriate that our Lord used the 
expression, "According to your faith, be it 
unto you," in giving sight to the blind men, 
because they had just professed faith that he 
was able to do this. Had their faith been 
insincere, or weak, or mixed, the language of 
our Savior would have brought no comfort 
to them. To the weak in faith, it would 
bring weakness; to a dead faith, it would 
bring death. 

Now, it is plain that this expression of our 
Lord had but one application. It never was 
the design of Christ that it should come 
down to our time, and give countenance and 
support to every shade of faith and opinion 
that may chance to arise. If we apply it to 
the faith of the Gospel, it is broad and 
sweeping enough to wipe out nearly all of 
modern Christianity. One man believes 
that he can be saved without baptism, quot- 
ing the Scripture, "According to your faith, 
be it unto you," and lies down at ease. An- 
other believes he need not observe the Lord's 
Supper, and quotes it; another, that he can 
do as he pleases, and quotes it; another, that 
he can dress as he pleases, and quotes it; and 
so on till all the commands and principles of 
the gospel in turn are ignored, yet in each 
one's eye it is all right, because his faith has 
it so. 

If the faith, which brought sight to the 
blind men, embraced the healing . power of 
Christ, the faith which brings salvation to 
the soul, must embrace the gospel of Christ. 
The gospel is a unit; and the faith which em- 
braces the whole gospel, is under the control 
of the gospel, and the gospel becomes the 
"law of faith." Kom. 3: 27. Of this faith, 
"Jesus is the author and finidher." Heb. 12: 
2. This is the faith "which was once deliv- 
ered unto the saints." Jude 3. This is the 
faith, without which it is impossible to 
please God, because it is in harmony with 
his word. A faith which takes only a frac- 
tion of the gospel, and practically ignores 
the remainder, is not the faith of which Je- 
sus is the author and finisher. 

The great mistake of the age is in knowing 
what to believe. Many profess to have great 
faith in faith, but have no faith in works. — 
Jesus says, "He that believeth and is baptiz- 
ed, shall be saved;" while many say, "Only 
believe, and you shall be saved." The faith 
that believes only in itself, is not th6 faith of 
the gospel. It is narrow, contracted, selfish. 

Let us see, "He that belieyeth not shall be 
damned." Believeth not what? He that be- 
lieveth not the gospel. Who is willing to 
risk the sentence, "According to your faith, 
be it unto you," and persist in a life of diso- 
bedience to God, in the face of that terrible 
sentence, "He that believeth not, shall be 
damned"? Reader, how much do you be-" 
lieveV 



THE aOSPElL MESSElSraER. 



91 



THE G0SPP:L of CHRIST. 



BY GEOBGE WOBST. 



The gospel is that glorioub truth brought 
from heaven by the Son of God, and made 
known to the children of men, as found in 
the New Testament, which is found in every 
family in the land, or at least ought to be. 
The benevolence of mankind is so great and 
good that if families are too poor to buy the 
Bible, it will be donated to them; so no 
one need to be without the gospel in their 
house. Arrangements are made in our own 
Christian land for the enlightenment of the 
rising generation, that any one who has the 
five common senses of human nature, can 
have the privilege of knowing the first and 
last principles of the gospel, and become ac- 
quainted with his or her obligations to God. 
Our common school system is becoming so 
perfect that advantages are gained that our 
forefathers did not have; and after a common 
school education is once gained and we are 
turned out to the common walks of life, we 
find missionaries engaged and at work all ov- 
er the land, pointing men and women to the 
Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the 
world. 

The object of the gospel was to show peo- 
ple the sinfulness of sin, and for the extermi- 
nation of sin the • gospel was introduced. 
Heaven was moved with pity over the sin of 
the world and knowing full well unless an in- 
terference of a kind providence would inter- 
vene, the whole human family would go to 
ruin. Sin was introduced into (he world by 
the craftiness of Satan to our first parents 
while in the garden of Eden, and it is evident, 
from observation, that he, to-day, is as crafty 
as he ever was, and care needs to be taken, 
even with our increased facilities in wisdom 
and knowledge, so that we are not deceived 
as Eve was in the garden of Eden. 

Now, the gospel is that method within our 
reach to facilitate our means of grace, to give 
us strength as well as wisdom to repel the 
adversary of our souls when he approaches 
us with his artful devices, which are many, 
to lead UB into by and forbidden paths of 
vice, which are contrary to the gospel. Hence 
the great necessity of becoming fully ac- 
quainted with what the gospel teaches, and 
then we are always ready to say to Satan: 
"It is written, man shall not live by bread 
alone." "It is written, thou shalt worship 
the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou 
serve," which will in every case quiet the 
tempter and put him to silence. 

But we must not forget the one great fact, 
if it is possible for us to get a knowledge of 
the gospel, we must not become so selfish as 
to think that others may not have the same 
faculty, and also the same facility of getting 
a knowledge of the gospel as we have. If we 
forget this fact, we will liJtely become wise in 
our own conceits, and may possibly become 
a blind leader of the blind and iioally tum- 
ble into the ditch, "leader and lead," and 
what a loss that would be. 

The world is swarming with that class to- 
day who are clamoring for the gospel, and 
claiming gospel authority for their religious 



conduct; and are not willing to allow others 
the same privilege to exercise their judg- 
ment in matters of expediency or power of 
government. The gospel is very explicit on 
doctrine, and needs no interpretation, but 
manner of government in the different ages 
may be modified or restricted, as the case 
may be, for the good of the church, and the 
welfare of Zion, and the glory of God. 

Therefore, by the united councils of the 
church, a rule can be made that will Accom- 
modate the greatest number of its adherents, 
and peace and union will prevail if that faith 
is unshaken in us as it should be, and is, by 
every loyal member of the body of Christ, 
who has an eye, single to the glory of God and 
his mind on the gospel. But when the mind 
once becomes influenced by the foolishness 
of the world and its fashions, we will soon 
discover a change; the peace of the church 
will be disturbed, rebellious members will be 
found, envy and perhaps treachery will be 
cultivated, and the gospel will be exchanged 
for worldliness, and the result is stagnation 
and want of love. The very principle, yes, 
the prime principle of success, and a princi- 
ple, when once attained, will not only last for 
time, but will last to all eternity. When once 
lost in a church, it requires much hard labor 
to regain it again; it is much easier lost then 
gained. Love is a fountain whence all true 
obedience flows, and without it it is impossi- 
ble to be a Christian as the gospel describes. 
Then let us become more and more acquaint- 
ed with the gospel. 

DO NOT DESTROY THEM. 



BY MARY KINDELL DICKEY. 



Some time ago, while visiting a sister, I 
enquired for a certain number of the Gospel 
Messenger, and after hunting for some time 
in every conceivable place, and failing to find 
it, she said she supposed it had been used 
for the shelves or had been destroyed by the 
children. 

Now we know that other good sisters make 
the same use of their precious paper, and we 
think it is too bad to waste what Bro. Eshel- 
man would call "Royal Crumbs," and we 
want to suggest a better use for what has 
cost so much thought and labor, and what is 
so abundantly able, in its quiet way, to 
strengthen saints and convert sinners. This 
year we bound our Messengers in a book to 
lend among our neighbors, and we are so 
well pleased with it that we will tell you how 
we did it. 

We always sew and trim our paper before 
we read it, and when all have read it, file it 
away, so that none be lost. 

The other day we brought them out and 
pressed them with a hot iron, and arranged 
the numbers in order, then divided them in 
halves, because, we found there were too 
many to bind together, placed the sewed edg- 
es together perfectly even, placed a board 
under them, and drove common shingle naila 
through, about an inch apart, — larger nails 
make too large holes, — then pull out one nail 
at a time carefully, so as not to move the pa- 
per, then with a darning needle and strong 



thread, bind strongly, and you will have as 
good a book as if bound in the most elegant 
manner, and it will be convenient for refer- 
ence, and above all, to lend to the poor or 
your neighbors. 

Let your shelves go bare rather th^n cover 
them with what others would so gladly read 
if they only had the opportunity, and you 
might do some poor soul good by sending 
the G. M. to the county-houeo or to the state's 
prison, or any other place where it could 
fulfill its mission to a better advantage than 
keeping the spots from off the shelves. 

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UNIFORMITY IN HEAVEN. 



BY G. K. FUNDERBURG. 



In G. M. of 1884, No. 40, page 764, appears 
the following: 

"Among the first things mentioned of John 
the Baptist, was the kind of dross upon his 
body^ — raiment of camel's hair — and wherev- 
er the dress of heavenly visitants or heaven- 
ly beings is made known to the saints, it is 
described as white, — all uniform; and if we 
abhor likeness of views, sentiments, faith, la- 
bor, and the work of salvation, in this life, 
can we endure uniformity of dress in the 
world to come? Saints are to be as the an- 
gels in heaven, and angels, as revealed to us, 
invariably wear white garments." 

Man was not created in the likeness and 
order of angels, neither was Jesus, the Re- 
deemer of men. Gen. 1: 26, 27; Phil. 2: 7, 8. 
Saints are to be like Jesus was and is. 1 
John 4: 17; 3: 2; Rom. 8: 17. 

Why go boyond the grave or tomb? Why 
go to a world of dazzling light and glory, 
and return with a likeness, or form, for prac- 
tical observance by the disciples of Jesus at 
this their present stage of life and existence? 
Why not patiently await the time of change 
to the above likeness, or form? Mark 9: 3; 
1 Cor. 15: 51, 52; Phil. 3: 20, 21. 

Observe the worshipers in solemn assem- 
blies. Who gave to one light hair, to anoth- 
er black, to another auburn, etc. ? Who gave 
to one gray eyes, to another black, to another 
hazel, to another blue, etc. ? Who gave to 
one his Roman, to another his Grecian nose? 
AVho made one man's skin white, another, 
black, another, brown, another, yellow, an- 
other, red? Is all this uniform in this world? 
Should raiment be more than the body? — 
Luke 12: 23. 

We can endure white raiment, or robes^ in 
the world to come (if we be among the hap- 
py ones of Matt. 25: 34), because that kind 
will bo given the redeemed, and no other. — 
Rev. 4: 5, 6; 6: 11; 7: 9. But in this life of 
probation, there is a variety of dress from 
which to choose, and the apostles Paul and 
Peter tell what kind of dress we should 
choose and wear in this life. 1 Tim. 8: 9, 10; 
1 Pet. 3: 3. 

After writing the above, Paul wrote to old- 
er Timothy (2 Tim. 1: 13), "the form (not 
forms) of sound words." It must be a defi- 
nite, form of words. Should not 2 Tim. 1: 
13 be preached to and observed by all the 
elderB? 



92 



THE aOS3^EL MESSENOER. 



O, for unity, unity in the things tliat are 
written in the books. Eev. 20: 12. Let us 
pray for one another! "Let us love one an- 
other; not long may we stay in this bleak 
world of freedom, so brief is life's day: some 
fall ere it is noon, but few linger till eve, and 
there breaks not a tie but leaves some o-ne to 
weep." 



CORKESPUNDENCE. 



Ae cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good nows from a far 
country. 



To the Brethren and Sisters of the South- 
eru JJistrict uf ludiana. 



I THOUGHT a few words from one of the 
trustees of the Home for poor and orphan 
children, would not be out of place. We 
sometimes feel that many of the members 
have forgotten the work placed upon us by 
the last District Meeting, from the fact that 
we are getting veiy few reports from the 
churches. Bro. Fessler and self just return- 
ed from a visit to the Arcadia church. We 
went from house to house, and nearly all 
contributed to the Home. The brethren, 
there, will finish what we left undone. The 
members appeared glad that we made the 
visit, and glad, too, that their church had 
taken a part in the good work. Now, Breth- 
ren, let us all contribute as the Lord has 
prospered us, and we will certainly be re- 
warded in the day of Judgment, and we 
will soon have the home finished, relieving 
the wants of the needy, and doiag our Chris- 
tian duty. James M. Wyatt. 
Hagerstown, IncL, Jan. 17. 



From the Beech Grove Church, O. 



The above named church is presided over 
by Eld. George Irvin, and is in a prosperous 
condiuion. On the 6th of January, we com- 
menced a series of meetings in said church, 
and continued until the evening of the 15th, 
during which time nine were added to the 
church by baptism. The weather, part of 
the time, was inclement; roads bad, yet we 
had very interested congregations and the 
very best of attention. Brethren HoJmes 
and Brubaker are Eld. Irvin's co-laborers. 
They arfe both young in the cause, yet seem 
to feel the weight of their duty, and are anx- 
ious to see the cause flourishing. May the 
Lord illuminate them with wisdom from on 
high, that they may, in the strength of 
iBrael's God, point to the great standard 
bearer, Jesus Christ, in the preaching of the 
gospel to a dying world. 

The Beech Grove church is a well-disci- 
plined body, and have some live workers in 
the cause. This is what the church needs in 
this day and age of perversion. We have all 
a work to do. Let us be up and doing in the 
Master's cause. A great many people talk 
as though we need new measures, new 
churches and new ministers. This is not 
what the church of Christ needs to-day. — 
But it is the old power that apostles had, 
and if we have that in the church, there will 
be new life; the saiui; preachers and mem- 
bers will be renewed with power. Would to 



God that we could learn to preach the gospel 
as did our primitive ministers, in prayers and 
tears. 

"God is my witness, said Paul to the Ko- 
mans, whom I serve with my spirit in the 
goepel of his Son, making mention of you al- 
ways in my prayers, serving the Lord with 
humility of mind and with many tears." — 
Here was the great secret of their success; 
like Christ himself, they offered up prayers 
and tears to God, which caused the gospel to 
have its full course and to be glorified. God 
wants to' use us in accomplishing his work, if 
we are willing to be used. I don't think 
that Christian men or women have to live 
for years before they have the opportunity 
or privilege of leading every one out of the 
kingdom of darkness of the world into the 
kingdom of God. Christians, if faithful, can 
be the means of winning souls to Christ. — 
Perhaps, many members of the church never 
think of speaking for Christ. Can we, if we 
are xsonsistent Christians, see our neighbors 
and relatives going down to ruin rapidly, and 
and not seek to win them to Christ? If we 
have the spirit of Christ and the love of God 
shed abroad in the heart, we can go out and 
publish the grace of God. If there is an 
overflowing of the water of Life, then we can 
tell our friends and neighbors that it is good 
to be with Jesus. 

The work of the spirit is to give life. 
Christ is the author. He gives it, and he 
sustains it; and when the spirit of Christ im- 
parts this life, he does not leave the believer 
droop and die, but continually fans the flame. 
He is ever with his people, and you find all 
through the Holy Scriptures, that when they 
were filled with the Holy Spirit, they preach 
ed Christ and not themselves, but Christ and 
him crucified. We read in the first chapter 
of Luke that Zacharias, the father of John 
the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Ghost, 
and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord 
God of Israel, for he has visited and redeem- 
ed his people." He is speaking about the 
Word. If a man is filled with the spirit, he 
will magnify the word, not himself, but Je- 
sus Christ which is in him. Again, when 
Elizabeth and Mary met, they talked of the 
eepulcher, and then, filled with the Holy 
Ghost, they at once began to talk of the 
Lord. Again, when Simeon came into the 
temple and found the young child Jesus 
there, he at once began to quote Scripture. 
"He took the child in his arms, and blessed 
God, saying. Lord, now lettest thou thy serv- 
ant depart in peace according to thy word, for 
mine eyes have seen thy salvation." Again, 
in the second chapter of Acts, "when the Ho- 
ly Spirit was poured out upon the disciples, 
Peter, being filled with the Holy Ghost, 
drew out the sword and assailed the vast mul- 
titude before him and pierced the hearts of 
three thousand souls before him." Thus 
gloriously did the gospel of Christ triumph 
on that eventful day. It was the sword of 
the Lord, and Peter using it as the instru- 
ment through which the Lord had done the 
wonderful work. Again, they were not able 
to resist the spirit and wisdom by which 
Stephen spoke, and why? Because he held 



The Holy Ghost 
none could resist his 



forth the word of God. 
came on Stephen and 
word. 

We read that Paul was filled with the 
Spirit, for he says, in Galatians first chapter 
and first verse, "Paul, an apostle not of men, 
neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and 
God the Father, who raised him from the 
dead." Verse twelve, "For I neither receiv- 
ed of man, neither was I taught it but by the 
revelation of Jesus Christ." He was a most 
eminent embassador of Christ, and many 
were added to the church. At the arrival 
and preaching of Barnabas another great 
crowd turned to the Lord. He was full of 
faith and the Holy Ghost, and preached the 
word. The disciples were filled with the 
Spirit and the word was published. May 
the time soon come when the gospel will be 
carried to every home by some loving heart. 

Silas Hoover. 



From Wawaka, lud. 



The Springfield church has just closed a 
very profitable and interesting series of meet- 
ings, which began Jan. 7. Our highly es- 
teemed brother, Thurston Miller, of South 
Bend, Ind., came to this place on the 7th, and 
meetings were announced for the evening. — 
He remained with ua until the 22ad, feeding 
our hungry souls with the Bread of Eternal 
Life. Sinners were made to tremble, while 
the Word of God was put forth to them with 
power and might. Our brother preached to 
very attentive audiences, and we feel that 
nothing but the Word of God was proclaim- 
ed to the people. The attendance was pret- 
ty good, considering the inclemency of the 
weather; it being very cold and stormy dur- 
ing the meetings. Four additions to the 
church, three by baptism and bright pros- 
pects for the other one in the near future. — 
Many precious souls were reminded of their 
unsafety outside of the church of God, and 
without Christ as their strength and shield. 
We feel that many more were almost per- 
suaded to come to Christ, and that much 
good seed was sown that will spring up and 
bring forth fruit to the honor and glory of 
God. Those who attended, feel that they 
have truly feasted on the Words of Eternal 
Life. We only regret that our kind brother 
did not remain with us longer. May the 
Lord bless bim for his good work, and may 
the Spirit of the Lord be with him and all, 
evermore. Eva Ebey. 



From Harleysville, Pa. 



Bro. Lemuel Hillery is holding forth the 
word at Mingo, Montgomery Co. He also 
labored at Hatfield about ten days. We have 
not heard of any immediate conversions at 
those places. Wo hear that sister Hillery is 
not improving in health, at New Windsor^ 
Carroll Co., Md., where she and the family 
at present remain. Bro. John Mohler suc- 
ceeded in bringing five precious souls to re- 
pentance and baptism, at Grater's Ford, 
which, I presume, he has reported to you by 
this time. At Indian Creek, this county, 
Bro. John Herr, of Myerstown, Lebanon Co., 



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Pa., is holding forth the word in the German 
language at present. It will not be long any 
more, perhaps twenty years, until the Ger- 
man language will go out of use in these old 
Eastern churches. And it would bo better 
even now if the older members would be will- 
ing to give more place to the English which 
is everywhere taught in the schools, since 
rising generations are educated in English. 

Jas. Y. Heckler. 



From Morrill, Kau. 



Beo Jacob Trostle, formerly of Maryland, 
but now a resident of Eeno Co., Kan., is 
holding a series of meetings with us, which 
commenced on the 29th. The text, on last 
evening, was "Where art thou?" the words 
which God spoke to Adam in the garden of 
Eden. A very good impression was made. 
May the Lord bless his labors. We thought, 
when living at Shannon, we could not feel 
so much at home with the members in Kan- 
sas, but we find them loving. God-fearing 
people. A number of our Illinois friends 
have visited us here. Dr. S. H. Sprogle was 
among the number. He preached for us, 
which did us much good. Was glad to hear 
he arrived home safely. While we are writ- 
ing, our attention was called to our little five- 
year-old boy, Charley, and, on looking around, 
saw him upon his knees saying, "Our Father 
who art in heaven." We thought, well may 
the Savior say, "Suffer little children to come 
unto me." We are all well contented in our 
nev*' home. Not one member of the family 
regrets his coming to Kansas. The weather 
has been cold for about a month, but is pleas- 
ant now. We desire the prayers of all our 
brethren and sisters, that we may prove faith- 
ful, and hold fast to that which is good. 

John Eisenbise. 



Proiu Ozawkie, Kau. 



On Jan. 3, we were made glad by the com- 
ing of Bro. David Kimmel, of Illinois. He 
preached fc^ur sermms for us. His stay was 
short, but to us pleasant, and we trust profit- 
able to all who heard him -so ably contend 
for the faith of the gospel. It occurs to us 
that brethren who command such reasoning 
powers as brother David does, should spend 
much time in bringing in guests to the feast. 
It was here that Bro. David was called^ to 
the ministry, and we are always glad when 
lie comes to us. 

Wo much enjoy to read those items from 
the different churches in the Brotherhood, 
and more especially if these words are men- 
tioned, "Oar church is in love and union." 
So we can say that our church is in peaca 
and good working order, and why should it 
be otherwise? Sarely, if we have passed 
from death unto life, we love the brethren, 
and if all the brethren love all the brethren, 
there is no room for malice. 
\ Oar prayer-meeting is still growing in iu- 
^ terest. Subject at our last meeting was, "Bear 
ye one another's burdens." Closed by a 
[ warm prayer by our esteemed old sister Rep- 
logle, in the German language. 

When the Lord will come, all would wish 



to be his servants; and let us learn now, that, 
to be a servant, does not mean to sit down 
and fold our arms, and expect our neighbor 
to do all the work, lest he should get all the 
reward. The Christian, who thinks he has 
nothing to do, should remember that our 
Heavenly Father works so as to need rest. 
Let us also work that we may enter into rest. 

J. A. Root. 



From Grater'.s Ford, Pa, 



Bno. J. M. Mohler, of Lewistown, Pa,, 

preached a series of sermons in our Grater's 

Ford and Skippack meeting-houses, of the 

Mingo church, commencing Jan. 3. He 

preached the gospel in its primitive beauty 

and power, which was the means, under God's 

blessings, to warm and encourage the church, 

and convince sinners of the error of their 

ways. Five precious souls were added to 

the fold, others are seriously counting the 

cost. May God awaken many, while the 

door of mercy is still open. Isaac Kulp. 

Jan. 19. 

1 ^ t'. — ■ 

From Loralue, 111.— Jan. 25. 



For the satisfaction of my brethren and 
friends, who have heard of the misfortune of 
our son, and brother in the Lord, I' will say 
that for eleven weeks he only got from. his 
bed as three of us lifted him from one to the 
other. He has been iu good spirits all the 
time. He is now able to step from one bed 
to the other by the assistance of one or two 
of us. The doctor still waits on and tender- 
ly cares for him. His wounds have never 
been dressed without my assistance, which 
has been from one to three times every diy. 
This has been very confining to me, and has 
hindered me from visiting a number of the 
churches as I promised I would. At present 
the home ministers are holding a series of 
meetings at the Loraine church, attended 
with good interest. May the Lord bless 
the effects, is my prayer. 

H. W. Strickleb. ^ 



Heringtoii, Kau., Iteni.s. 



As others are sending in church news from 
different places, we thought we would send 
you a few items from this place. The breth- 
ren have preaching here every first and third 
Sunday of each month. Less than a year 
ago the Brethren were not known at this 
place, but now there are some thirty mem- 
bers in the vicinity. Wo have four ministers 
here, namely, T. J. Nair, H. J. Smith, John 
Forrer and S. M. Lai kins. We think that 
they can accomplish a great amount of good 
here if they will improve the time and op- 
portunity, which, we hope, they will, by 
preaching the Word and putting on the 
whole armor of God. 

We have no organized church yet, but ex- 
pect to organize next month. We expect to 
build a church-house this coming summer. 
The K-nevolent founder of the town has giv- 
en us a lot and five hundred dollars towards 
the erection of the building. If there are 
any of our worthy brethien and sisters that 
feel like helping us, their donations will be 



highly appreciated, as we will need all the 
help that we can get. There are several 
brethren that have bought land in this 'neigh- 
borhood, and will locate their families here 
in the spring. Through the kindness of 
some friend, we receive the G. M. regularly, 
which is truly a welcome guest to our home. 
We have something to say to oar Eastern 
friends about the country, but, lest our letter 
gets too lengthy, we will conclude, and write 
some more in the near future. 

Sabina F. Browning, 



From Eplirata, Pa.— Jan. It). 



Bro. Isaac H. Shirk, preacher, died at Ak- 
ron, Pa., on Monday night, after an illness of 
three weeks of gastritis. The neighbors say 
he was a good neighbor, kind-hearted, be- 
loved by all, a good father and a Christian. 
This community has sustained a loss that is 
hard to fill. He had a kind word for all, and 
whenever his services were needed, he cheer- 
fully responded without a comphdnt He 
was a frequent attendant at the bedside of 
the sick, and spoke words of comfort. Dar- 
ing his sickness he often expressed his hope 
in salvation, and prayed that his days might 
be over on earth, when he would meet hie 
blessed Lord and Master. He leaves a wife 
and eight children to mourn their loss. His 
funeral took place on Friday, the 23rd. He 
was interred at Steinmetz's meeting-hbuse, 
near Ephrata. Services by Eld. Samuel 
Harley and George Smith, of Schuylkill 
county, and others, from Ps. 31: 6. 

J. R. Keller. 



From Laiidisville CliurcL, In<l. 



We commenced a series of meetings on the 
20th of December, Bro. N. R. B)wman de- 
livered three discourses, when Bro. Joseph 
Spitzer, of Henry Co., Ind , relieved him, and 
continued for two weeks, sounding the gos- 
pel trumpet, and impressing the hearers, 
which were many, that CiJnscieuce was not a 
safe guide, bat the gospel; and there was no 
small stir about the way. The powers of 
Satan began to yifld, and four precious 
souls were added to the church by baptism. 
We closed with large congregations and good 
impressions. On the 17th of January, Bro. 
Samuel Neher, of the Walnut L^vel church, 
Ind., came to us and commenced preaching 
the Word with power. Continued until the 
27th. T^iree more were added, making sev- 
en in all. Four of them were quite young, 
and created much joy in the hearts of the 
saints, and especially of the writer, when his 
son said, "Let the world say and do as it 
may, I am going with the church." Still the 
work of the Lord moves on. J. C. Tinkel. 



Correct loii. 



In current volume, No. 3, p. 37, third col- 
umn, end of first line, read "nniiinii" instead 
of "iii('rli)Uj." I wonder what wonderful 
meeting the printer had iu his mind. It is 
true there might be worse errors, but please 
correct the above. Noah Longanecker. 



94 



THE aOSI^EL MESBENGhEH. 



From Blacleay, Ore.— Jan. 10. 



On Dec. 30, 1 left home en route for Shoal 
Water Bay, on a preachiDg tour. This bay 
is near the south-west corner of Pacific Co., 
W. T. We have five members of the church 
living here. We held four meetings at Oye- 
terville, which is the county-seat of Marion 
county. This town is situated on the west 
bank of Shoal Water Bay, and a little over 
one mile east of the Pacific Ocean. Oar 
meetings were small, the weather being very 
rainy and windy. The attention and order 
were very good. Next we we went tollwaco, 
twenty miles south of Oysterville, and fifteen 
miles nearly north-west of Astoria. Held 
four meetings in Ilwaco, and one at the Hut- 
ton school-house. Order and attention very 
good, this being the first time that any of 
our brethren ever preached in that county. — 
Bro. G. N. Falkeustein accompanied me 
down there. We were kindly received and 
well treated. Met with some few acquaint- 
ances, and formed the acquaintance of many 
others. Hope our labors of love will not 
soon be forgotten. They seemed to appreci- 
ate them. We hope and-trust the seed sown 
may be as bread cast upon the waters, to be 
gathered up many days hence. Returned 
home on the 14th of this month, and thank 
the Lord for our safe arrival; also the friends 
for their hospitality and words of comfort. 
Found the health generally good. Since our 
arrival home we held our quarterly council- 
meeting here with us on last Saturday. All 
things passed off very pleasantly indeed, also 
had four meetings of public worship, in con- 
nection with our council, with marked atten- 
tion. Praise the Lord. Health generally 
good. A deep snow fell about the middle of 
December, in all about thirty-two inches; 
But now we are having pleasant winter 
weather. Times are dull, money scarce, oth- 
erwise everything in abundance. The G. M. 
still makes its visits, which we appreciate 
very much. Glad to hear that the churches 
in Rockingham and Augusta counties are' 
prospering, as well as other parts. May the 
good work go on everywhere. 

David Bbower. • 



III Memory of Fatlicr and Mother Stiiekey. 



Samuel Stuckey was born in Snake Spring 
Valley, Bedford Co., Pa., on the nineteenth 
day of July, 1804, and emigrated with his 
parents to Stark Co., O., in 1811. Mother, 
whose maiden name was Catherine Burgert, 
wap born in Morrison's Cove, Bedford Co., 
Pa., on the sixteenth day of May, 1804, and 
moved with her parents to Stark Co., O., in 
1814. On Oct. 19, 182G, she became the life- 
long companion of Samuel Stuckey. They 
settled on a farm adjoining grandfather 
Stuckey's farm, in Washington township. 

Ten of their children are living within a 
radius of four miles of the old home. We 
have recently been called upon to stand 
around the dying couch of a dear old mother, 
there to behold the last quivering breath of 
one so dear to us all. They united with the 
church of the Brethren in 1857, and lived de- 
voted Christian lives until death. Their 



life was one of toil and labor, yet, withal, 
they were cheerful and happy, kind and char- 
itable to all; ever endeavored to make all 
comfortable around them; always ready to 
assist their neighbors in every time of need. 
We feel safe in saying that they had not an 
enemy in the world when they left it. 

Father died on the 19 ih of September, 1882, 
at the age of seventy-eight years and two 
months. Mother died on the 12th of Janua- 
ry, 1885, aged eighty years, seven months 
and twenty-six days. Both lived to a good 
old age. They lived together, as husband 
and wife, nearly fifty- six years. Impressive 
thoughts come up as we reflect upon the 
past, when we go back to childhood days, 
when that large family of cliildren would all 
gather around the hearth- stone of that dear 
home, with a kind father and mother at the 
head. But thanks be to God, we are not left 
without hope. For, from their lives and con- 
duct, we have every reason to believe that 
they have safely landed on the sunny side of 
eternal deliverance. And a happj thought 
that it is our privilege to meet them in that 
world of bliss, where we may re-unite and 
join the angelic hosts of heaven in singing 
praises forevermore. Mother lived to see all 
her children members of the church. She 
leaves 1?hirty-8ix grandchildren, and seven 
great-grandchildren. Six grandchildren are 
in the eternal world. Mother's remains v/ere 
followed to their last resting-place on Jan. 
14, by a large number of neighbors and 
friends. She was buried at Freeburg, where 
our much esteemed brother, J. A. Clement 
held forth the Word of Life to a large and 
attentive audience, from the words, "I have 
fought a good fight, I have finished my 
course." Father was an uneducated man, 
could not write his own name. But, as far 
as he was known, he was noted as having an 
extraordinary memory. He could tell day 
and dates of anything of any note, that had 
transpired even as far back as fifty or sixty 
years. He was very energetic in his pur- 
suits in life, and strictly honest. 

S. B. Stuckey. 



From Miltord, Intl.— Jan. 25. 



The members of Turkey church agreed to 
hold a series of meetings. The home minis- 
ters were voted in to do the preaching. It 
so happened I was sick at the time. Bro. 
W. 0. Teeter, from Nebraska, preached the 
first sermon. Bro. Peter Stuckman, one of 
our home ministry, did most of the preach- 
ing. Bro. Younce, of Syracuse, Ind., did 
some preaching. The meeting was held at 
Gravelton, and lasted about two weeks. — 
Twelve were made willing to come and join 
the happy band, by confession and baptism. 
I was present only a few times, but those 
t hat did attend said it was one of the best 
meetings ever held in Gravelton. Saints 
were made to rejoice, and a number are near 
the kingdom. Bro. D. Younce is holding 
forth the Word of Life in Nappauee now. 
There is something stranae in this part of 
the country. There are series of meetings 
almost in every congregation, and the request 
for preaching is increasing almost daily. — 



Truly, the harvest is great and the laborers 
are hard at work, but there are a few at home 
lying on their oars at ease. Come, brethren, 
rally forth. Work while it is called to-day. 
Souls are precious. Rescue the perishing. 

J. H. Miller. 



Notes of Travel. 



By request of secretary ( Bro. Jacob Mish- 
ler) of the Home Mission Boord, of North- 
eastern Ohio, I report my trip to Ashtabula, 
Lake and Geauga counties. By order of 
said Board, I left home on the 20th of De- 
cember, en route for Bristolville, Trumbull 
county, with the expectation of meeting Bro. 
D. N. Workman at that place, as he has 
charge of said church. He failed to put in 
his appearance, but sent a letter, stating he 
could not come, and giving me a word of en- 
couragement to go on. I preached twice at 
said place, and on Monday morning started 
north to Harperefield, Ashtabula county.— 
Was met at Austinburgh by Bro. Jacob Kit- 
tinger, who took me to his place, one-half 
mile from the place of meeting. Preach- 
ed in the M. E. church at Harpersfield, and 
had good congregations. My work was not 
confined to preaching only, but to visiting 
the brethren and sisters. I must say, I am 
more convinced than ever that brethren and 
sisters should visit each other. It will be ;. 
great help to them spiritually. I had written 
to sister Ella B. Smith, of Ashtabula, that I 
would be there Dec. 24, but a letter informed 
me, that, owing to the deep snow, she was not 
able to secure a place of meeting. The snow 
was eighteen inches deep. Hearing of some 
members south-east of Ashtabula, I conclud- 
ed to try and visit them, and also sister 
Smith. Jacob Kittinger, a zealous brother, 
volunteered to drive .to the place with horse 
and sleigh We started on the morning of 
the 23rd. After going about half the dis- 
tance, a heavy wind and snow storm set in, 
which increased in force as the day passed. 
The snow drifted badly, and, finally, we were 
brought to a stop by the snow drifts and the 
fence. The writer got out of the sleigh, and 
made his way through the snow on foot, with 
much difficulty, to the house of brother and 
sister Pinkerton, where he was comfortably 
lodged and well cared for. The next even- 
ing had preaching in Austinburgh. So, with 
Bro. Kittinger, we returned again to his 
home. Met in the M. E. church, and had a 
pleasant interview with the pastor. 

By his request, left an appointment for 
Sabbath evening. Met with a large congre- 
gation. On Sabbath forenoon, had meetin.:^ 
in Trumbull Center, in the Disciple church, 
also on Monday evening. Met the pastor of 
the church, and had a warm reception. He 
told me he has lived in that country for 
thirty years, but had never seen any Dunkartl 
preacher around there. I am the first oui 
they ever heard in Trumbull Center. As my 
article is getting too lengthy, I will try and 
condense my thoughts. 

I found thirteen members, nine living 
within six miles of" Harpersfield Center. — 
Austinburgh, Harpersfield and Trumbull Cen- 
ter are good points for preaching. I wish tu 



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95 



say to my brethren and Bisters of North- 
eastern Ohio, that there are warm-hearted 
brethren and sisters living north of us, and 
they want our help, and I think we should 
not forget them. A good interest was mani- 
fested every place I tried to preach. We 
meet with a good many old men that have 
not gone to hear preaching for years. I do 
not want to take up time to give the reason. 
It is for Christians to decide whether these 
fertile lands shall be over-run with heathen- 
ism and infidelity, or flooded with the light 
of Christian education. It is a grand thing 
to live in these times, to battle for right 
against wrong, for good against evil, for 
Christ against Belial. The field is vast; the 
opposing elements to good are powerful; the 
God of this world is marshalling his forces 
to go up and possess the land; but if all who 
love the Lord Jesus will, in his name, set up 
their banners, and come to the help of the 
Lord, against the mighty, the issues of such 
a conflict are sure. Far greater is he that is 
for us than all they that be against us. and 
we may thus co-operate with God and Holy 
angels in preventing sin and establishing his 
kingdom in this great gathering place of the 
nations. Samuel Sprankel. 

MATEIMONIAI. 

MAUSr— MILLER. — By the undersigned, at the resi- 
dence of the l)ride's parents, Dec. 14, Bro. Albin B. 
Maust and Miss Mary Miller, both of Blackhawk Co., 
Iowa. S. II. Miller. 

FALLEN ASLEEP. 

"Blessed are the dead wliich die in the Lord." 

SKEELS —In the Swan Creek church, Fulton Co., 0., 
Jan. lo, of croupou.s diphtheria, John W. Skeelc, aged 
2 years, months and 1 day. Funeral sermon by the 
writer. David Bekkeybile. 

RITCHEY.— In the Hopewell church, Bediord Co., Pa., 
Jan. 14, Simon, son of Bio. Samuel and sister Eliza- 
beth Ritchey, aged one year, five months and 14 days. 
Funeral discourse by Bro. J. B. Fluck, from John 12: 
24. Michael Keller. 

SNYDER— In the Snake Spring Valley church, Bed- 
ford Co , Fa., Jan. 18, Mary Ann, daughter of Bro. 
Samuel and sister Emma Snyder, aged 7 years, 7 
months and 21 days. The bereavtd parents have the 
sympathy of the church and the community. Services 

by the brethren, from John 12: 24. 

John B. Fluck. 

LONG.— In the Waterloo church, IJIackLawk Co., loa., 
Jan .'3, sister Susan Long, aged 79 year.s, 10 months 
anil 2 days. Funeral services by the brethren, from 
Rev. 14: 13. S. H. Millek. 

COYLE— Near Frteburgh, Stark Co., 0., Nov. 2'i, sis- 
ter Iluldali, wife of Bro. John Coyle, aged ^tl years 
and 7 months. Funeral services by Bro. S. B. Stuckcy 
and the writer, from Rev. 14: I'i. J. A. Clement. 

KEITH— In the Portage church, near South Bend, Ind , 
Jan. 10, sister Barbara Keith, aged h'S years, (i months 
and 20 days. She lived and died a devoted and (aitli- 
ful member of the church. Funeral services by It Id. 
James Miller and the writer, from Rev. 14: V<, to a 
large and sympathizing congregation. 

Gkoruk Witweu 

STLCKKY.— Near Freeburgh, ()., Jan. 12, sister Cath- 
erine, relict of Bro. Samuel, and mother of Bro. S. B. 
Stuckey, aged 80 jear?, 7 months and 20 days. Fu- 
neral services by J. A. Clement. 

HUFFMAN.— In the Prairie Creek church, Ind., Jan 
li), Bro. Daniel Huffman, aged 2-\ years, months and 
7 day>f. 



He became a member of the United Brethren church 
in the winter of 1882, and, becoming dissatii-fied witix 
his church relationship, joined the church of the Breth- 
ren, Oct. 30, 1884. He was a faithful member until 
death. He leaves a wife and one child, father and moth- 
er, three sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss. 
Funeral seivice^ were conducted by Isaac Tharp, pastor 
of the U. B'. church, from Ps. 8: 4. 

Lewis Hufi man. 

Very JLow Kate.s to Jsew Orleaus 
aurt Florida. 

If you have made up your mind to go South, it will, 
perhaps, be to your advantage to make some inriuiry 
about IhG Low Bates, Admirable Facilities and Unequal- 
cd Attractions of the POPULAR PAN HANDLE 
ROUTE. Mr. E E. Wood, Special Commissioner from 
Illinois to the World's Exposition, took the hmt and tried 
it, and this IS liow he feels: "I advise all my friends to 
take your Pan Handle Route; the travel and scenery is 
certainly delightful. * * l was charmed with the won- 
ders of the way. * * The view of the waters of tb« 
Gulf, too, is something that people who come to the ex- 
tieme South feel they should not miss, and this they get 
on your route. * * The befiutiful Gulf resorts, with 
their orange groves, lend a charm to the only truly pic- 
turesque route from Chicago to the Crescent City. * * 
On the journey the facilities for getting and the quality 
of food supplied were a surprise to me in being so excel- 
lent — ^just as good as a journey to the East. * * 1 
liave spoken of these attractions in my jjress correspond- 
ence." 

The rates from Chicago to New Orleans and return, 
via Pan Handle Route, are $20 00, 825 00 and $30 00, 
according to the lengtti of time for which the tickets are 
made good for return passage, with approximately low 
rates from other points on the line; and Excursion Tick- 
ets to Florida points, by way of New Orleans, allowing 
a stopover at New Orleans, tither going or returning, 
are sold by the Pan Handle Route at the same rates as 
by the more direct routes. 

Taking the Pan Handle Route you have solid trains 
with Palace Sleeping Cars or Parlor Cars from Chicago 
to Cincinnati, where close connection is made with ttie 
Queen and Ciescent Route, running two solid trains daily, 
with the celebrated Mann Boudoir Car.-*, from Cincinnati 
to New Orleans without change, and three daily lines of 
Pul man Sleeping Cars from Cincinnati to Jacksonville, 
Florida, without change; or you can have solid trains, 
with Palace Sleeping Cars or Parlor (Jars, from Chicago 
to Louisville, via PrtH Handle Route, connecting with 
the Louisville & Nashville R. R , running two solid 
trains daily, with Pullman Buffet Sleeping Cars from 
Louisville to New Orleans and Pulhuan Sleeping Cars 
from Louisville to Jacksonville, P'lorida, without change. 
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5 n2 10 80 ICverett .... 8 58 10 48 

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Time Table. 

PITTSBURGH. FT, WAYNE AND 
CHICAGO RAILWAY. 



SCEEDDLB IN EFFECT FEB. 15, 1884. 



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Manager. 

PITTBBUBQH. 






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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE, 



On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into ertect on the Pennsylvania 
Railroad: 

TRAINS WESTWARD. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, B 25 P. M 1 85 P. M. 

Mail 2 lOP, M 8 50 A. M. 

Fast Line OOP. M U 30 A. M. 

TRAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon . Arrive PhiPda. 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 9 09 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 24 P. M 7 25 P.M. 

Mail .. 350P.M. H'bg.. 7 80P.M. 

Mail Express 8 05 P. M 2 55 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh at 8: 35 
A. M , Altoona, 12:25 P M., Huntingdon, 
1:24P. M , Harrishurg. 4:15 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 7: 25 P. M. 

Philadeliihia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 4:50 P.M., Altoona, 
9:20P M., Huntingdon, 10: SOP M., Harris- 
burgh, !: 20 A. M., and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A. M. 

J. R WOOD, 
CHASE.PDGH, Gen'l Pess. Ag't. 

Gen'l Manager 

Tho Line selected by the U.S. Gov't 
to carry the Fast IVIall. 



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CHICAGO, PEORIA or ST. LOUIS 
AND DENVER 

Either by way ol Omaha, Pacific Junc'ion, Atchison oi 
Kansas City It traverses all of the sx Great States, 

ELLINOIS, IOWA, MISSOURI, 
NEBRASKA, KANSAS, COLORADO 

With branch lines to their important cities O'-d tow. . 
It luns every (tay in tne year from one to three elegar.v'/ 
equipped through trains over its own lieclo between 

Chicago and Denver, 
Chicago and Omaha, 

Chicago and Council Bluffs, 
Chicago and St. Joseph, 
Chicago and Atchison, 
Chisago and Kansas City, 
Chicago and Topeka, 
Chicago and St. Louis, 
Chicago and Dubuque, 
Chicago and Sioux City, 
Peoria and Council Bluffs, 
Peoria and Kansas City, 
Peoria and St. Louis, 
St. Loijis and Omaha, 
St. Louis and St. Paul, 
St. Louis and Rock Island, 
St. Louis and Chicago, 
Kansas City and Denver, 
Kansas City and St. Pau^ 
tCansas City and Omaha, 

Kansas City and Burlingto»^. 

Oioct Connoelion made at each of its Junction po t 
■.VI h Through Trains to end from points located on i 
brinchcs. 

Ai cich of its several Qaitern and V/eotein tormri 
c i.intc:s i-i Grand Union Depois wi'.h Through Tia r-. 
. d from all points In tho Uniied States and Canada. 

It is the Piincipil Line to 

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ij I'ltod States or Canada or address 

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Ass't Gon'l Manager, Gen'l Pass. A^cnt, 

CHICAGO. 



The (jOSpel Messen&er 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the PoBt-Odiceat Mt MorriS: 111. 
as Hocond Clans Matter. 



Mt Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 17, 1885. No. 7. 



Vol. 23, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSFN(^ER. 

II. B. BUU.MB.VUGH. Editor, 

And BusiDC3B Manaser of the Eastern House, Box M. 

Huntin^'ilon. Pa. 

We expect to coiiiiuence a series of meetinj^s in 
the Xoriuiil Chapel on SalnrcUij', the 14th inst., and 
continue a week or more. Bro. J. C. Johnson, of 
-Masontowii, Pa., is expected to Ije witli us. 

In the Fehruary number of the Noith American 
lieiieu\yh: Beeeher di.scusses t lie question, "How 
far may ^Ministers properly go into Politics V" — 
{ .With his late experience, \ve think he should know. 
In the same number, the Kev. Ur. W. G. T. 8hedd 
defends the dogma, "Endless Punislnnent." 



So.MK one writes us to Ivuow how far Mexico, the 
l)lace selected for holding- our next Annual Meet- 
ing, is from the more prominent points along tlie 
road. ^Ve gladly give tlie information. ^Mexico is 
I.jO miles west of Philadelpliia and 50 miles west of 
Ilarrisbnrg; 19S miles east of Pittsburg, and 47 
miles east of Huntingdon. 



N0TWITU.STANUIXG the large nuniber of minis- 
it 1- we have in proportion to our membership, 
I here «irn a niimbtn' of places or congregations that 
' K-hing. Thisis^aeg- 

iiieir duly to see thai all such places are provided 
for. A little more systeni in regard to tiiis kind of 
churcli work would be in order. 



To-i>Ay, Feb. (5, Bro. VanDyke's are with us. - 
They will remain over Sunday, and on Tuesday ex- 
pect to start for their home in Nebraska. During 
their stay East, they enjoyed good health, had 
many pleasant meetings, and had the pleasure of 
meeting fibout all tlieir friends. Our best wishes 
go with them to tlieir Western home and Held of 
labor. 

Albekt ]}aknes wrote: A man wjio has been 
redeemed by the Idood of the Son of (lod should 
lie pure, lie who is an heir of life should be holy, 
lie who is attended by celestial beings and is soon 
— he knowsnot how soon— to bfT translated to 
heaven,, should be holy. Are angels my attend- 
ants? Then I should walk worthy of my compan- 
ions. Am 1 soon to go and dwell with angels V — 
Then I should be pure. Are these feet soon to 
tread the courts of heaven? Is this t( iigue soon 
to unite witli holy beings in i)raising Uod? Are 
these eyes soon to look on the throne of eternal 
glory, and the ascended liedeemer? Then these 
feet iuid eyes and lips should be pure and holy, and 
1 sliould be dead to the world and live for heaven. 



PKEACHING. 



(Jeo. II. Saveu, of Auburn, Va., says that breth- 
ren (Tine and Brower were with them and held a 
number of meetings in a school-house, which re- 
sulted in three baptisms and one being reclaimed. 
He thinks it is a good opening for missionary 
work, and that our niinistering brethren should 
call witli tlieni. They have a good house for wor- 
ship, al)out ninety members, good, cheap land and 
good railroad facilities. 



"DiAUKAii of Parliamentary llules"' is a neat lit- 
tle work, nicely bound in cloth, publislied ])y the 
lleview and Herald Pub. As.sociatloii, Battle Creek, 
Mich., price, 50 cents. It is a work lliat every per- 
son should have, who may be called Upon to oi'gan- 
ize and conduct any kind of public meetings. AVe 
especially recommend it to those who preside at 
our Annual Meetings. The ruk^ for entertaining 
motions, annulling them, or disposing of them, 
are so simple, that no one should be ignorant of 
tliem. These are simply rules of order, and as (iod 
is a God of order, we slioulil oliserve order in all of 
our deliberations. 



I'.uo. W. G. Shrock, of Berlin, Pa., under date of 
4th inst., writes: "Bro. .J. jr. Moliler came into our 
congregation on Jan 21, and labored faithfully in 
our cliurch for two weeks. He wielded the sword 
of tlie Spirit with such skill and power that tiio 
church was truly revived and Ijiought to a fuller 
sense of its duty. Sinners were made to trembh; 
and lly for refuge to tlie arms of a crucilied He 
deemcr. The direct result of tlie meeting was, 
twenly-four additions to the church i)y baptism, 
and one reclaimed." This is good news from Ber- 
lin and we rejoice with the brethren there that the 
good cause is going forward. AVe hope that broth- 
(^r Mohler will continue his evangelistic labors ami 
that he may continue to have the pleasure of see- 
ing ><oiils fleeing to the cross of Christ. 



Tjie tendency of the age. on the part of the cler- 
gy, is to get up and dcIlNcr -i nf iuid IcaruetVser- 

and the unknown, Avhile the "great" smacks loud- 
ly of the jlowiiig and imagery style. This kind of 
sermons pleases and feeds those that enjoy intel- 
lectual feasts, and such as love to be gently wafted 
up into visionary heavens. But hungry souls that 
arc famishing for the crumbs of life must have 
better food. The truth is, our preaching is not 
simple and practic il enough. We are falling in 
with the common current, and, no matter how lit- 
tle we can do it, we are trying to preach great ser- 
mons. And th(^ more mysterious they are to our- 
selves and to others, the greater they are. Indeed, 
we have people who call such sermons "just love- 
ly," though they do not understand half that is 
said. 

Xot long since, we heard a duet sung, or war- 
bled, rather, and after it was over, by many it was 
said, "IIow grand!" "How delightful," etc. Yet 
we venture to say that not one word out of ten 
was understood by theaudieuce. Such is cultivat- 
ed taste, anil it applies to preaching as well as to 
duets, etc. The manufacturing of the sensational 
creates the demand for it, and as there is no possi- 
ble good in either the giving or receiving, both 
sliould be stopped. 

vVs water is fresher and sweeter by Ix-ing 
brought in earthen vessels, so the truth comes 
with more power clothed in simple language. 

In preaching, we must ipt lose sight of the great 
object for which it is intended. The gospel is to 
be preached because it is needful to save souls. It 
is to bo preached in a way to bo readily iniderslood, 
and to do this, the mo.st plain and simple language 
should be used. 

The man that is sick wants liis directions gi\ en 
in unmistakable terms. He cares not so much 
about the mysterious action of the medicine giv- 
en, as liow to take it that the best po.^isibh- eilVcts 
may be received from it. So it is with the sin-sick 
soul. Paul preached Christ and him crucified. — 
Till.' greate.st of all preachers said, "He that believ- 
etli and is baptized shall be saved; he that believ- 
eth not shall be [damned.'". Tin' same is (rue yet. 



and if it were more freqiu'ntly preached, more 
might be saved from damnation. 

If we have a real heaven, there is an e<iually real 
hell, and if the people are to enjoy the one and be 
saved from the other, it will require plain talk and 
hard work. The joy of the one and the iiiis( ry ol 
the otiier call upon us to be in earnest and faitli- 
fiiUy and plainly set fortli the way to salvation 
and eternal life. 



DEATH OP ELDER D. YOUNT. 



Last week we spoke of the death of Bro. Vount. 
i'ou also read a notice given by brother E. I). Ken- 
dig, but as in neither, the particulars of the sad 
event were given, we here insert a letter sent us 
l)y his son and only child, W. B. As our relation 
with the family, aiHd especially with Walter, who 
is a graduate of the Xormal, was cordial, we wrote 
him for the particulars of the death of his father, 
which he gives as below. The church here and 
the school unite in expressing kind regards and 
deep sympathy for the bereaved family, in this, 
their time of loss and l)ere.avement. 

Koinek's Stoke, \a. ' 
11. B. BiiLMBALGii, Feb. 2. 188.3. \ 

Huntiii^''t!oii, Pa.. 
-. 7 •<./<.• U,-nlh..- - -i '~»;.^ 

Yoru card came ."Saturday evening. My 
dear father was killed on the iin rning of Jan. :^0, 
by an express train on the Shenandoah R. B., at 
Crimora, three-fourths of a mile from here. Cous- 
in Salome Moomaw (Forrer, before marriage, and 
1 think you know and visited the family, near Bro. 
Kendig's) was buried at Mt. Vernon, fourteen miles 
south from here, on that day. Jlother had gone 
there two days before, and father left lere at :i: 30 
A. JI. to take the 4 A. M. express. I thought to go 
with him to depot, Crimora, but he thought it not 
necessary. The train luul t ) be s gnaled. This he 
did with a large torch. The train did not stop, l»ut 
ran by at a speed of about forty miles per iiour. — 
The place is narrow, and. though no one saw it, it 
seems most probable that father's overcoat was 
blown against the large ilriviiig wheels of the en- 
gine and caught by the large crank on them. He 
was thrown, the back part of his head striking a 
band of iron on a standing gondola, and was drag- 
ged aliout fifty yards. Tlie back part of tlie skull 
was broken in, a part of tlie right t\)rehead was 
cut and pressed in, arms and one h-g broken, hotly 
much bruised and hands cut. His overcoat, new 
and strong, was badly torn, luit other clotliing not 
torn. The whole oci'urrenec could not ]ia\e lasted 
more than hall a second. Death was, iu> doubt, 
instantaneous, and there could have been no pai;i. 
He was found by sectiiui hands at ti: SO A. M. 

I think my father was a good Christian and do 
not think he fearetl to die. This assunuye is 
worth more tiian all the world to mo. But it is so 
haul to be i)arted from my dear father. Wo loveil 
each other dearly an<l he was my ct>nstant guide 
and loving adviser in everytiiing. 

Mother and I arc very huiely now, though nnuiy 
dear friends do all frieiuls can do. There is a void 
that can never bo tilled. But wo believe he has 
gone to ^t better w orld, and wo will try hanl to go 
to him. 

Mother's love and mine to all of ytui, our Breth- 
ren and friends at Huutingtlon. Bemember us in 
praver. Kindlv and Fraternally. 

W. B. YorNT. 



98 



TIriE G^OSF»EL ISIESSElSraER. 



:E]ss,^"srs- 



study to show thjeelf aijproved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



I WONDER. 



Life is but a little journey, 

And the l•e^t comes very fO">D; 
I am past the dew,s Of morning, 

Will I ever see the noon? 

Will I falter, weak and weary, 

With the fullness of the day; 
When the t.un is in the zenith, 

Will my nature then obey? 

All demands life makes upon rae, 
With its widened noonday plun, 

Will I fill the space around me? 
Will 1 be a noonday man? 

Will I see the sun descending 

Slowly down the western sky. 
With a faith that never weakens. 

And a will that stdl will try? 

When the shadows of the even 

Chill the life I hold so fond, 
Will I know the shadows rnly 

Are a proof of light beyond ? 

Will my spirit shrink, I wonder. 
From the river's darkened flow ? 

Will 1 turn to get another 
Look on life beiore I go? 

But I think when in the valley 
Of the daik and •'hadowed land, 

I will never know a terror, 
For I'll touch his guiding hand. 

— Selected hi/ Sarah A. Miller. 



ADDRESS ON THANKSGIVING DAY. 



BY B. F. MOOMAW. 



First Lesson — llGth Psalm. (Read ) The Psalm- 
ist professeth his love to Gnd for his deliverance He 
studieth to be thank'ui, and propuseth to ofFir unto God 
the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and to pay his vows unto 
the Lord in the presence of his people, and in the courts 
of the Lord's house in the midst of Jerusalem. 

Text— P.salni 50: 14. 

Introduction.— My dear brethren, neigh- 
bors and friends: The occasion on which we 
meet this morning is momentous and inter- 
esting. We are here to respond to the proc- 
lamation of the President of this great na- 
tion, and to the conviction of duty, that we 
owe to the Creator and Governor of the uni- 
verse, of giving thanks always for all things, 
unto God the Father, in the name of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

We, who are assembled here in Bethel (the 
house of God), compose a small fractional 
part of the vast population of these United 
States. Fifty-five millions of immortal, in- 
telligent and responsible beings are called 
upon this day to assemble at their respective 
places of devotion, to "offer unto God thanks- 
giving" for the many blessings that we enjoy 
from his benevolent hand, "which is our rea- 
sonable service." Reasonable, because of 
the relation we bear to him, and because he 
has "made us to have dominion over the 
work of his hands." 

In the development of thought upon this 
Bubject, we consider , 

THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOIi, 

his omniscience and his omnipotence. "All 
things were made by him"; and "all things 
are upheld by the word of his power," and 



cared for by his providence. "The heavens 
declare the glory of God, and the earth show- 
eth his handiwork." 

God thus addresses himself to his servant 
Job, and to us as well: "Where wast thou 
when I laid the foundations of the earth? 
Declare, if thou hast understanding, where- 
upon are the foundations thereof fastened? 
Or who laid the corner-stone thereof? When 
the morning stars sang together, and the sons 
of God shouted for joy?" Job 38: 4-7. It 
is God "who has measured the waters in the 
hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven 
with a span, and comprehended the dust of 
the earth in a measure, weighed the mount- 
ains in scales, and the hills in a balance. It 
is he that sittethupon the circle of the earth, 
and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshop- 
pers, and he stretcheth the heavens as a cur- 
tain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to 
dwell in." The Creator of the earth faint- 
eth not, neither is he weary. There is no 
searching of his understanding. "Behold, 
the nations are as nothing before him; they 
are counted less than nothing and vanity." — 
Isa, 40. 

god's mercy and goodness. 

When we thus contemplate the wonderful 
works of God in the order of nature, we are 
led, by a natural transition, to contemplate 
the provisions of grace, in the stupendous 
plan of human redemption: the coming of 
Christ into the world, and giving divine rev- 
elation, by which "life and immortality are 
brought to light, the blessed gospel, the pow- 
er of God unto salvation." As the order of 
nature is "wonderful," so "the law of the 
Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the tes- 
timony of the Lord is sure, making wise the 
simple." Ps. 19: 7. 

"Oh, lovely altitude! He stands 
"With melting heart and loaded hands. 
Oh, matchless kindness! and he shows 
This matchless kindness to his foes." 

"O, that all men would praise the Lord for 
his goodness and for his wonderful works to 
the children of men!" 

WE NOTICE god's ABSOLUTE INDEPENDENCE, 

he having created all things, and all things 
being preserved and controlled by his provi- 
dence. It is his prerogative to appropriate 
to his own uses, whatever it might be, inde- 
pendent of the desire or purpose of others. 
If his existence, or his comfort and enjoy- 
ments, required refreshmnnts, as is the case 
with his creatures, he would not even tell 
them, for the world and the fullness thereof 
are all hiw own. "Every beast of the forest 
is mine (saith God), and the cattle upon a 
thousand hills." "f know all the fowls of 
the moniatain and the wild beasts of the field 
are mine." "Behold, the heaven, and the 
heaven of heavens, is the Lord thy God's; 
the earth also, with all that therein is." Nor 
will God be pleased with sacrifices of such 
material. Material offerings are not accepta- 
ble with him. "To what purpose is the mul- 
titude of your sacrifices unto me (saith God)? 
I am full of burnt offerings, of rams, and the 
fat of fed beasts. 1 delight not in the blood 
of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats." — 
Isa. 1: IL 



Wherewith, then, shall we come before the 
Lord, considering his providential care, and 
the many blessings conferred upon us, and 
his mercy extended toward us? We have 
the answer in our text: "Offer unto God 
thanksgiving, and pay thy vows to the Most 
High." We are glad to know that we may 
offer a sacrifice that will he acceptable to 
God. "The sacrifices of God are a broken 
spirit; a broken spirit and a contrite heart, 
O God, thou wilt not despise." Pa. 51: 17. 

All our enjoyments come to us through 
the 

DIRECT TROVIDENCE OF GOD. 

Hence we propose to "offer unto him thanks- 
giving"; for life, for health, and the enjoy- 
ment of all things present and past, and the 
prospect of that which is to come; for sun- 
shine, for the "early and latter rains," and 
for fruitful seasons. While some portions 
of our common country have not been so 
highly favored in the production of the nec- 
essaries of life, taking it all together, there 
is an abundance to supply the necessities of 
the whole of our country, and a large surplus 
awaiting the demands from other countries 
beyond the seas; and with the network of in- 
ternal improvements, provided through the 
providence of God, its transition from one 
place to another is easily accomplished, even 
beyond the limits of our own country, to be 
exchanged for such things as they may have 
to spare, and we may want to complete our 
comforts. 

It is true, that certain sections, and peo- 
ples, and families, as well bh individuals, 
have been visited by adverse providences, 
which, for the time being, was not joyous, 
but grievous; but we are glad to know, that 
our kind and affectionate Father often con- 
ceals a smiling countenance behind a frown- 
ing providence. His frowns are often bless- 
ings in disguise. 

"These light afflictions, which are but for 
a moment, work out for us a far more exceed- 
ing and eternal weight of glory." We have 
abundant cause to thank God for a free and 
liberal government, the enjoyment of re- 
ligious freedom, with an open Bible before 
us, while millions of human intelligences are 
groaning under the hand of tyranny, aud the 
horrors of heathen darkness and oppression. 
We have cause to be thankful that our bless- 
ed institutions have been so long and so well 
preserved ; that under God's providence, from 
timei to time, wise and prudent rulers have 
been inducted into office. This is not the re- 
sult of accident, nor of the management or 
mismanagement of men or parties, but of 
the special providence of God. We have 
this exemplified in the history of the world 
in all ages and in all countries. In the four 
great monarchies of the East, the Babyloni- 
an, under Nebuchadnezzar, the Medo-Per- 
sian, under Dnrius and Cyrus, the Macedo- 
nian, or Grecian, under Alexander the Great, 
and the Iloman government, which has exist- 
ed in its divided and subdivided forms to the 
present time, — first, the eastern aud western 
empires, then into many subordinate prov- 
inces, to remain until succeeded by the intro- 
duction of the royal reign of Messiah. For 



THE GOSi^EL MESSEHSTG^EK. 



)'.) 



"thus saith the Lord God, Eemove the dia- 
dem, and take oflF the crowu; exalt him that 
isJow, and abase him that is high. I will 
overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall 
be no more, until he come whose right it is, 
and I will give it him." Ezek. 21: 2G, 27. 

To this Daniel answers and says, "Blessed 
be the name of God forever and ever; wis- 
dom and might are his, and he changeth 
times and seasons. He removeth kings, and 
setteth up kings." Dan. 11: 20, 21. 

So also in our own glorious republic, ^vhich, 
under the administration of opposite parties, 
alternately watching each other with a jeal- 
ous eye, handed down the government peace- 
ably for nearly one hundred years, until, in 
the providence of God, the great National 
Democracy became divided in 1860, which 
secured the election of Abraham Lincoln to 
the Presidency, und^r -whose administration 
the country was thrown into a conflict of 
arms, which, at the sacrifice of thousands of 
lives, and millions of treasure, resulted in 
the abolition of American slavery, and the 
transposition of four millions of slaves into 
citizens of the United States of America, 
and placing the government in the hands of 
the Republican party, under whose policy the 
reunion of the states has been accomplished, 
and under the kind providence of God, our 
section, part of these United States, though 
seriously crippled and demoralized by the 
terrible fortunes of war, has almost miracu- 
lously risen from its ruined condition, and 
by frugality, economy and perseverance, in 
the development of the natural resources of 
the country, /. e., the mineral and agricultur- 
al wealth, the mildness and geniality of a 
Southern climate, by the untiring efforts in 
the various industries, with the manufactur- 
ing enterprises which have been introduced 
within the last quarter of a century, we have 
risen to a state of self-reliance and prosperi- 
ty which Bcarcely has a parallel in the histo- 
ry of the world. 

OUR NATION CONTRASTED WITH OTHERS. 

"While other nations are engaged in war 
and carnage, destroying the lives of their 
people, reducing them to poverty and wretch- 
edness, their young men conscripted to mili- 
tary service from tlaeir youth, until past the 
period of useful manhood, and their aspira- 
tions for prominence in the walks of civil 
life, are paralyzed, the rising population of 
free America have every opportunity to cul- 
tivate their minds, to suit them for elevated' 
positions in society, by pursuing such enter- 
prises as they may elect, amdng the various 
vocations of life, by which prosperity and 
progress are secured to themselves and to 
their country; and instead of trudging along 
as other countries, in the old ruts, with the 
appliances of thousands of years ago, we 
have the benefit of the arts and sciences, 
which can only bo produced where mind is 
freo to co-operate with mind, by which means 
the burden of life is made easy, and the du- 
ties of the laborer become a pleasure. For 
this we should be thankful to God, and faith- 
ful in his service. 

A word at this point, especially 



TO OUR LADY FRIENDS. 

When you contrast your condition with that 
of your sex in other parts of the world, you 
have great reason to be thankful to God for 
the advantages you enjoy, which are the le- 
gitimate outgrowth of a higher type of Chris- 
tianity, as enjoyed by you in this much-bless- 
ed country, and should stimulate you to put 
forth the greatest possible effort, in the use 
of your influence upon the sterner sex, and 
upon society, in order to the promotion and 
progress of our blessed Christianity. 

"As the times have changed and conditions 
varied, the respect has varied in which wom- 
an has been held, at one time counted with 
the cattle, at another time assigned to the 
drawing-room, and inventoried with marbles, 
oils and water-colors; but only in instances 
comparatively rare, acknowledged and recog- 
nized in the fullness of her moral and intel- 
lectual possibilities. It is a kind of compro- 
mise between the idea of a woman as a chat- 
tel, and the idea of her as a person. Wom- 
an has, in some countries, been required to 
do the work of cattle, and to share with them 
in their treatment. 

Dean Swift, in giving account of a disaster, 
summarized it by saying, "Two hundred souls 
lost, and several women and cJiildren." 

Even to-day, in other countries professed*- 
ly Christian, while the male population are 
engaged in military service, immediately or 
prospectively, the women are under the ne- 
cessity of doing the labor belonging to men, 
and altogether unsuited to her sex. Virtual- 
ly, they are "hewers of wood and drawers of 
water"; while in this highly favored land the 
position that you occupy is appropriately 
suited to your condition: and the develop- 
ment of your personal possibilities, intellect- 
ually and morally, is as much your privilege 
and within your reach, as it is with your hus- 
band or brother. 

Every possibility that is within ue, man or 
woman, speaks to us all the same. The par- 
able of the talents belongs to all alike. When 
a woman steps up to the bar of judgment 
with the five talents, with no additional tal- 
ent of her own accumulation, and the Lord 
says to her, "You ought to have put them to 
the exchangers," etc., and she answers, "Dear 
Lord, you must excuse me; I am a woman; I 
have wrapped them up in a napkin," — the 
plea is not going to avail; but you will be 
held responsible for neglecting to improve 
the advantages and opportunities you enjoy, 
of improving your gifts and using your influ- 
ence in advancing the cause which thus made 
your condition so much better than others. — 
And above all this, when we consider the re- 
ligious condition, and pass in review our ad- 
vantages in contrast with other parts of the 
world, we are deeply impressed with the ob- 
ligations we are under for such inestimable 
blessings. 

^ A VIEW 01' THE WORLD RELIGIOUSLY. 

The whole population of the world is esti- 
mated at fourteen hundred millions, of which 
there are Christians inclusive, three hundred 
and twenty millions, Mohammedans, one hun- 
dred and forty millions, Jews, fourteen mill- 
ions; Pagans, about bIx hundred and seventy- 



six millions. Of the number denominated 
Christian, there are, Greek Catholic, sixty 
millions; Church of Rome, one hundred and 
seventy millions; and Protestants, ninety 
millions; leaving three hundred and twenty 
millions who make no pretensions at all to y 
religion. 

These statistics show that nine hundred'- 
and ninety millions of immortal beings are 
involved in heathen darkness, — sunken in 
sin, wretchedness and woe. How thankful 
ought we to be, that our lot has been cast in 
this Bible land, instead of groping our way 
in darkness, with all the terrible consequenc- 
es attending it. 

My dear brethren and friends, ought we 
not to offer unto God thanksgiving, and re- 
new our covenant obligations to devote our 
lives to his seivice, and thus 

I'AY OUR vows TO THE MOST HIGH? 

All of US who have engaged in the profession 
of the Christian name, have, by that profes- 
sion, vowed to serve God through Christ Je- 
sus our Lord; vowed to "glorify him in our 
body, and in our spirit." This can only be 
done by walking in all his commandments 
and ordinances. Are we doing this? God 
knows whether we are or not. If not, we are 
only foolish virgins at best, and will not be 
prepared to enter into, the guest-chamber, 
with the bridegroom, at his coming, having 
only the lamp of profession, but not the oil 
of grace to prepare us for his approval. 

What shall we say for the careless, impen- 
itent sinner, "seeing thou hatest instruction, 
and castest my words behind thee, I will re- 
prove thee, and set thy sins in order before 
thee." "Now consider this, ye that forget 
God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be 
none to deliver." 

"Whoso cflVreth praise, glorifieth me; and 
to him thkt ordereth his conversation aright, 
will I show the salvation of God." Ps. 50: 

23. 

"Hasten, sinner, to be wise. 

Stay not for the morrow's sun; 
Wisdom if you still despise, 

Harder is it to be won." 



INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIP. 



BY D. r. SAYLOR. 



By the above term, we wish to express our 
mutual relationship, as brethren and sisters 
in Christ, and also the relation which one 
brother has to all the members. 

I))iprimis: A brother looks upon one of his 
brethren as being indifferent in his manner 
of conduct or conversation. For instance: I 
heard a man say, It is not a diflicult matter 
to quit swearing. He accuses others of doing 
so, although he does so whenever he gets an- 
gry. Now this reminds me of having a great 
beam in the eye of the critic, which the apos- 
tle would tell him to remove, in order to see 
clearly, and thus remove the mote from his 
brother's eye. 

I have not been in the church very long, 
but I notice this as being the most prevalent 
of faults, and it is brought about by self-es- 
teem, and ill-disposition, and tends to many 
bad ends. One of^these ends is spiritual 



too 



THE aOSFEL IMESSENOER. 



death, caused by a loss of the love of God; 
for it is declared that if a man love not his 
brother, whom he has seen, he cannot love 
God, whom he has not seen. Again, if we 
eat not of the flesh of Christ, and drink of 
his blood, we have no life in us; and in order 
to be worthy communicants in thus eating, 
and drinking, we are to examine ourselves, 
and not others. Hence false or hypocritical 
fellowship tends to the death of the soul. 

Again, God waited with long-suffering in 
the days of Noah, while the ark was prepar- 
ing. What did he wait for? The destruc- 
tion of man? No; for a plan to redeem him. 
Now, to show that this false fellowship does 
exist, we have nothing more to do than to 
notice church members speak evil concerning 
their fellow-members, which sometimes ends 
in the death of some precious soul. 

For instance: Some heart has been chang- 
ed for good, but the character of the person 
had been somewhat blurred. Wiiat is the 
first expression made by the critical brother 
or sister? It is this: that the new convert is 
not fit to be in the church. What an awful 
expression! What a cruel sentence! If 
Christ died for all, he died for you as well as 
me, and it matters not what I have been, if 
I conduct myself in the church as I should 
do, he makes reconciliation for me as well as 
for others; hence I am the saved object of 
his amazing mercy, and no brother or sister 
has any right to infringe on my spiritual 
footing, because Christ died for all men. 

Now behold the consequence. The young 
convert hears this unwelcome plaudit; — he 
is pricked to the heart! And in many cases, 
no doubt, he is never restored to the proper 
fellowsljip, and thus becomes a drone, and not 
a live worker in the church. 

Another evil caused by false individual 
fellowship, is this: The" church is divided in 
sentiment, in this manner, in regard to elec- 
tion of officers; so much so, indeed, that 
many who are capable, never get to a proper 
position, because some brother or sister, 
through ill disposition, has placed in the 
score of tales some false accusation, which, 
after being ventilated through the church, 
has reduced the credit of the brother so 
much, that he cannot command the respect 
of the church in general; while the same 
tale-bearer will raise the credit of a less ca- 
pable brother to the position of office, which 
he is not able to fill. 

Now I hope my few remarks may find vent 
through the press, and reach the minds of 
those who esteem themselves better than 
some one else, for whom Christ died also. — 
If the reader remembers, when Satan told 
Eve things contrary to what God said, and 
showed her of the fruit, that it was good for 
food, she passed her opinion contrary to the 
command of her God: but what was the con- 
seciuenco? Sin; and an awful fall from a 
glorious state. 

Hence, our nature is that of our ancestors, 
and our minds are carnal; but the carnal 
minds cannot ploase God. "For to be car- 
nally minded is death; but to be spiritually 
minded is life and peace. Because the car- 
nal mind is enmity against^God; for it is not 



subject to the will of God, neither indeed 
can be." Eom. 8: 6, 7. 



GOD'S MANNER IN DEALING WITH 
THE EGYPTIANS. 



BV J. W. SOUTHWOOD. 



There is a principle in the constitution of 
humanity, which inclines man to worship 
something. Upon this principle scientists 
have based the fundamental argument of the 
immortality of the soul. And while it is a 
fact that man will worship something, it is 
also true that he looks upon the object of hit- 
worship as possessing, in some way, superior 
ity, — whether it be the living God or some 
living creature, or even an idol. He sees, oi 
imagines he sees, some real merit in the ob 
ject of his worship. Hence, when God de- 
sires to prove to mankind his genuineness, 
he expects to, and is demanded by man to 
give some supernatural evidence. Should 
one pass along, claiming to be divine, people 
would demand miraculous proof. 

This principle is necessary in order to te&t 
God's genuineness and fortify man against 
imposters who claim to be divine. Therefore, 
when God sends Moses to deliver the Israel- 
ites from under the bondage of the Egyptians 
who were worshipers of heathen gods, he 
well knew that they would demand a miracle. 
And so God's manner was to prove to them 
his genuineness as a true God by forcibly de- 
monstrating to them his siiperioritj? over both 
humanity and the creatures and objects which 
they worshiped. So God said to Moses, 
"When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, say- 
ing, Show a miracle for you! then thou shalt 
say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it be 
fore Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent." 
(See Ex. 7: 9. Please read to the close of 
the twelfth chapter, as you will then get a 
better idea of my remarks.) Serpents were an 
object of worship, and so God made an at- 
tack on that kind of worship and showed his 
superiority by having the serpent, into which 
Aaron's rod had been changed, swallow the 
Egyptian's magical serpent. 

The next attack was made against the riv- 
er Nile and fish worship. The rivers were 
turned to blood and the fish died. Ex. 7: 14- 
25. 

The third, like the second, was against the 
rivers as objects of worship. Instead of 
bringing forth good, they brought forth a 
sore pest. Frogs came forth so numerous as 
to fill their houses, and even their beds and 
kneading troughs. 

In the fourth place he sends forth lice, mi- 
raculously created from the dust. This prov- 
ed quite sore, as none were allowed to ap- 
proach the altars of Egypt with lice. In this 
the magicians failed and said, "This is the 
fifiger of God." Ex. 8: 10. 

"Beelzebub" is said to have been their "fly- 
god, who was reverenced as a protector against 
swarms of flies which infested that country 
generally about dog-days." So God sent 
forth swarms of flies which proved tlieir fly- 
god to be powerless, and God a superior. 
Further, he separated between the Israelites 
and the Egyptians, proving that God is able 
to protect his people. Ex. 8: 16 32, 



The Egyptians had their "sacred bull, heif- 
er, ram, and goat." The sixth plague, there- 
fore, was directed against beast worship. In 
this the separation was again made between 
the Israelites and the Egyptians. For full 
description see Ex. 9: 1-7. 

The seventh was against human ashes be- 
ing sprinkled in the air to avert Typhon or 
the Evil Principle. Ex. 9: 8-12. 

The ninth was "against Serapiswho, it was 
supposed, protected the country against lo- 
custs." Serapis, like their other gods, was 
powerless in the hands of the true God. God 
so demonstrated it by sending great swarms 
of locusts. Ex.10: 1-20. 

"The eighth and tenth were against Isis 
and Osiris who, as idols, represented the sun 
and moon." They and the Nile, it is said, 
were awarded the first place in their idola- 
trous worship, but God overruled the power 
of their chief gods by causing darkness that 
could "be fe ' a er all the land for three 
days. See Ex. 10: 21-29. 

The eleventh came as a judgment, forcibly 
demonstrating God's superiority and power 
in destroying the wicked and preserving the 
righteous. When we read carefully the de- 
scription of these eleven miracles, ten of 
which were sore plagues, we see how forcibly 
God met the principle in the constitution of 
humanity that demanded a miracle in order 
to prove his divinity. We also see by the at- 
tacks he made in performing these miracles 
that he desired to destroy the idea of any and 
all kinds or forms of idolatrous worship. He 
thereby teaches us of to-day as well, that we 
should "worship the Lord our God and him 
only we should serve." God's object in us- 
ing this manner seems to have been two-fold. 
First, to destroy their confidence in their ob- 
jects of worship by giving opportunities to 
.their gods whereby they were proven to be 
powerless. Second, to establish a faith that 
God is true and powerful. This manner was 
alike of benefit to the Israelites, and may al- 
so prove so to us if we will but turn the mat- 
ter over to ourselves. 

We have a record of miracles sufficient to 
establish our faith in the Savior being divine. 
We may, perhaps, be too much engaged in 
beast worship, farm worship, money worship, 
pride and fashion worship, or some other 
worship wherein we are not worshiping God 
and, as it is written, serving him only. God 
is superior, true, and powerful. Take heed. 

SELECT NOTES. 



BY J. B. LAIR. 



— If the same zeal were manifested to be- 
come good that is to become rich, what a 
world of good people this would be! 

— If people were as anxious to read relig- 
ious papers -as they are to read secular pa- 
pers, what a harvest the publishers of relig- 
ious papers would reap! 

— I have just finished looking over the 
Treasurer's report of the Church Erection 
and Missionary Work. The report is not just 
so bad, still it might be better. But if every 
brother that chews or smokes tobacco would 
just quit right now, and pay just as much for 



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the good works above named, as he otherwise 
will pay to gratify an appetite and pollute 
his breath and dirty his mouth, what a 
row of figures it would take next Decem- 
ber to express the amount given_ to the 
mission work! I wonder if there is a brother 
in the entire Brotherhood that can or will do 
it. If so, I wonder who that brother is. 

— What is more pleasant and agreeable 
than to meet in church council where all is 
peace and harmony and love, without one 
word to mar the peace of any one. Such 
a meeting did we have in the Fairview church, 
Labette Co., Kan., on the 6th day of Decem- 
ber. No business before the church except 
that looking to the advancement of the good 
cause on earth. 

— An apostate gentleman writing from 
Southern Kansas to a certhiu paper publish 
ed in Ohio, says of the several religious bod- 
ies here, that they are fast merging into one, 
or language to this effect. Those knowing 
the circumstances referred to, know that the 
statements are not in strict accord with facti- 
The same article refers to an article of mine 
in G. M as evidence in the case. It is strange, 
indeed, that some people will catch at every 
original truth and try to distort it into some 
shape for their own use, to mislead the mindfe» 
of some other people. The same article sajs 
of certain ministers who go to the houses of 
certain other professors "and openly encour- 
age the wearing of female hats." What an 
assertion, what a mission, and what people ! 
I do not know all the brethren ministers of 
Southern Kansas, but I am not ready to be- 
lieve that there is such a one who is called a 
minister that would go to any house or peo- 
ple in Kansas or elsewhere, on no better mis- 
sion than to encourage the "wearing of fe- 
male hats." Must people resort to such 
assertions to build a fabric upon — it shall 
fail. Must people resort to such things to 
mislead? They shall be exposed in due time. 
How long before people will cease to pervert 
the truth and the right .ways of the Lord? 
And how long before the aims and aspira- 
tions of professors of religion shall be higher 
than to visit and encourage something of 
more consequence than the apparel, and be- 
fore men shall write, and papers prostitute 
their iufluence by publishing, things earthly, 
instead of heavenly and divine things. 

— We are having a severe winter for Kan- 
sas; the mercury has been l.V° below zero 
with a few inches of snow. Health is reason- 
ably good; however, some complaint. May 
the good work prosper and may the Lord 
bless every effort for good that is being made 
everywhere, is the desire of your brother. 

PRAYEK-MKliTING. 



BY .TOHN HEOKMAN. 



There are many means of grace whereby 
we may advance in the Christian life. We 
may read and study the Bible, think holy 
thoughts, overcome evil habits, give alms to 
the needy, encourage the disheartened, at- 
tend church, Sunday-school, prayer-meeting, 
etc. 



All will admit that we should use every 
means in our reach to make advancement in 
the divine life. I claim that a prayer-meeting, 
properly conducted, is one of the best means 
for this very purpose. I claim, also, that 
meeting for the purpose of prayer is too much 
neglected by us. Ail truly Christian people 
know the efficacy and benefits of prayer, but 
not all seem to realize the consistency of 
meeting for that special purpose. 

I desire, in this essay, to show some of the 
benefits of prayer-meetiags. I attended one 
at the beginning of this year, held in the 
chapel at Mt. Morris. The subject for dis- 
cussion was: "What are your purposes for 
the coming year?" After a brother opened 
the meeting with singing, reading of Scrip- 
ture and prayer, another, concerning his spir- 
itual life, said: "I am going to put forth spe- 
cial efforts to overcome evil habits. We are 
given too freely to mirthfulness; then, at 
times, to moroseness and suUenness. I often 
let a part of the Sabbath, and sometimes ev- 
en all of it, go by without using it properly. 
I must change this." 

Another said : "To-day we are making our 
to-morrow. Almost every young person now 
thinks he will be a Christian before he is 
forty years old." Then he asked: "Have you 
the foundation for a Christian life built, or, 
are you building one now?" What you sow 
when you are young, you will reap when you 
are old. 

A fourth said: "All who have lived noble 
lives, have had noble and well defined pur- 
poses. A man started on the public high- 
way; he met a person who said to him, 
'Where are you going?' The man answered, 
'I don't know,' Now where do you suppose 
that man will land?" Here the speaker, who 
is an elderly man, changed to his own per- 
sonal life. He said: "I have taught -and 
preached to others for twenty years; now 1 
resolve, after all this experience, to teach and 
preach to myself." 

A fifth simply resolved "to do all I can for 
myself and others. I shall labor all my life 
to be useful." How noble! 

The sixth said: "It is easy to make resolu- 
tions, but not so easy to carry them out. Yet 
resolution must come before action is possi- 
ble. By the grace of God alone can we ac- 
complish our good resolutions. I have re- 
solved the coming year to read better litera- 
ture and to live closer to my God." 

The next said: "Our resolutions are so oft- 
en inconsistent with our deeds because of 
our weaknesses." Yes, how true! The flesh, 
base flesh! How often would we do good 
when evil is present. "For what I would 
that do I not; but what I hate that do I." 
He also says: "I resolve to have a good in- 
fluence over others. I want to make this the 
principal object of ray life. For this cause 
I am here in school. And making money 
shall be second, not first." 

Another, a student in former years, and 
minister, now a visitor there, said: "I am go 
iug west and I am going to build up a 
church." 

All these and many other thonghts, which 
I can't write, were presented. But how many 



good resolutions were made that were not ex- 
pressed no one can tell. Who is there who 
would not take pleaaure and be benefitted by 
attending such a meeting? Who would ob- 
ject to going to such a meeting? 



FKAGMENTS. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



Nothing is more foreign to the spirit of 
Christ, or contrary to the instincts of true 
grace, than the various forms of self-life. 
Self-renunciation, — the subordination of telf- 
love, and self-interest, the utter crucifixion 
of self-importance, and self complacency, is a 
rare meabure of grace, to which few attain. 

We are accustomed to look upon the age of 
martyrdom as past, but he who, in his daily 
life, undertakes to fully renounce the "old 
man," and crucify self, Will find a cross, a 
rack, a dungeon, and a stake, with a prolong- 
ed anguish but little lees severe than what ' 
these instruments of torture could inflict. 

The Christian warfare requires no lees 
courage and faith now than when the church 
was beset with paaan and popish enemies. 
The opposition of Satan is not lees intense, 
but only moves upon a different line. His 
policy now is to corrupt the church by a com- 
promise which introduces self-indulgence, 
laxity of discipline and u.orals, pride, vain 
philosophy, "modern thought, and money 
greed. 

The position of the Brethren church upon 
the subject of dress is a standing protest 
against the world-wide worship of fashion. 
It would be hard to overestimate the extent 
of this vast idolatry at whose shrine millions 
bow, and upon whose altars myriads of souls 
are sacrificed. Against this great evil we 
stand comparatively alone, all other Christian 
bodies having yielded to the mighty current 
of popular sentiment. Viewed by itself, our 
dibcipline in this particular may seem to be 
severe, and our position extreme, but in its 
relation to this great, gaudj^- wasteful, and 
pernicious idolatry, which flaunts its banners 
in every land and over every grade of society, 
it is not too severe or too extreme. Young 
brother or sister, when they call you singular 
because of your conformity to the rules of 
the church, remember that your example, — 
your plain attire, is God's protest against a 
universal sin, and God's banner, around which 
he would rally the old-time virtue and purity 
of the church. 



"If spirituous liquors are only to be used 
for medicinal purposes, there is going to be 
an alarming amount of sickness in the coun- 
try." Strike out the word "only" and it will 
hit the mark. Alcohol is a great deceiver, 
and ho has deceived more people with regard 
to his value in the sick-room thafl anywhere 
else. The grog-shop is not a necessary ad- 
junct to the sick chamber; it has helped far 
more people into it than it has ever helped 
out of it. 

Consult the lips for opinions; the conduct 
for convictions. The former may deceive 
you; the latter speaks for itself. 



1 0'2 



THE aOSI^EL MESSEI^aER. 



HYLTOX, VA., ITEMS. 



BY C. H. HYLTON. 



— According to estimations of a renowned 
Chicago miuirtter, the Christian churches do- 
nated 856,133,000 for home and foreign mis- 
sions between 1870 and 1879. I wonder how 
much of that amount we put into the heaven- 
ly treasury. 

— While the working brethren and sisters 
seem to be very much revived and encourag- 
ed to press forward in promulgating the gos- 
pel in our congr gations, the enemy of the 
church is also revived and enraged against 
U8, even unto offending the "little ones" by 
telling them the water is too cold and that it 
is a disgrace to go into the water, when a 
handful is sufficient. 

— Oar schools are indeed doiqg a good 
work for the church. The Mountain Normal 
at this place has been the means of some 
hearing the pure gospel who perhaps riever 
had heard it before. The result is we have a 
little church started in an adjoining county 
where the Brethren were scarcely known be- 
fore. Besides spreading the gospel they ed- 
ucate our children and cause them to accept 
the gospel in its simplicity. Brethren ought 
to patronize and support our schools; it is a 
duty we owe to our children and the church. 

— Several members talk of leaving our con- 
gregation to seek homes in Kansas. Among 
the number will perhaps be two ministers, 
and they would like to settle in a community 
where their work would be needed. There 
will also be some good carpenters along, and 
they desire to settle where they can get em- 
ployment at good wages. Any brethren in 
Kansas desiring to have them in their com- 
munity can address the writer at Hylton, Va. 
The parties will start about the first of March. 



MISSIOXAUl ECONOMY. 



BY J. H. MOORE. 



Economy is the road to success in every im- 
portant undertaking, and should be studied 
in its relation to missionary work as well as 
in its relation to secular matters. It requires 
money to spread the gospel, and those who 
have charge of that important department, 
ought to study finance from a missionary 
standpoint, for those who give money for 
missionary purposes expect it to be used ju- 
diciously, and in a way that will accomplish 
the most good. The money thus raised should 
be made to go as far as possible in the 
spreading of the gospeK The idea should 
not be to save money, but to make it accom- 
plish much in the right direction. 

There are various ways of doing this, and 
these ways should be carefully studied and 
well understood. There is much in the man 
who is sent out to do missionary work. To 
begin with, he should be a true, trusty and 
faithful worker, a man of energy, who under- 
stands the gospel, and knows how to present 
it to others, and will work with a view of 
winning souls and look well to their welfare. 
Of these workers, there are two classes: One 
prefers to travel from point to point, may 



preach two and three times every day, and in 
a short time will do much solid work, but as 
a missionary he is expensive, on account of 
much traveling, and brings but few into the 
church. The other prefers to spend weeks 
and even months in one locality. He goes 
direct to his place of work with a view ot 
building up a church, and clings to his work 
with undaunted energy. He, in addition to 
his regular preaching, visits from house to 
house, often spending hours with those who 
seem favora!)ly impressed, labors to remove 
doubts and also strengthens those that are 
already in the church. When through in one 
locality, he goes to another and works like- 
wise. In the end he hands in a small bill for 
expenses, having traveled but little and yet 
has been instrumental in bringing many into 
the church. 

The latter is the class for economical mis- 
sionary work, and will accomplish much more 
with a given amount of money than the other 
class. -In secular matters we would always 
employ the men who would do the most work 
and yet incur the least expense. If we would 
be that wise in missionary matters we would 
certainly accomplish far more good with the 
money raised for missionary purposes. One 
hundred dollars, divided between four good 
workers, who can spend from one to two 
months in four different localities, will ac- 
complish much more good than the same 
amount of money paid to one man who spends 
his time traveling from point to point and 
doing but little preaching at each. Mission- 
ary work need not be expensive, and ought 
not to be, and those who have charge of pub- 
lic money raised prayerfully for that purpose 
should take this point into careful consider- 
ation. 

We are inclined to think that we can easily 
raise $2,000 a year for general missionary 
work. This ought to keep forty ministers in 
the field two month each. If each minister 
would spend his entire two months at not 
more than two points, there would be eighty 
new points where the gospel might be very 
firmly established. This thing of spending 
much time at a place, preaching the gospel, 
is the real apostolic order, and our people 
will meet with but little success in the way 
of missionary work till they adopt it. It is 
not only apostolic, but it is also economical 
and reasonable. 

We are not finding fault, for our people 
must learn, but we do think that we do not 
exercise proper economy in our missionary 
work; there is not enough being accomplish- 
ed for the amount of money expended; there 
is too much traveling and not enough preach- 
ing and local work. We want to learn to do 
thorough work as we go, and not spread our 
efforts over too large a field. This thing of 
spreading our work over too large a territory 
is like the farmer who undertakes to farm 
more land than he can cultivate well; it will 
be a failure in the long run. 

We present this question for consideration, 
for we think it one of great importance for 
two reasons: 

1. By practicing economy we can accom- 
plish more. . 



2. If the members see that their money is 
used judiciously and economically, they will 
continue to contribute liberally, and support 
the missionary cause with more zeal. This 
last is a very important point in the way of -i 
success. 

Keiika, Fla. 



SIX HUNDRED, THREE SCORE 
AND SIX. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



I HAVE been urgently requested to "give an 
exposition of Bevelation 13th in full for the 
benefit of the readers of the Gospel Messen- 
ger." 

Why an exposition of that particular chap- 
ter? It is only a link in a very long chain, 
not more necessary, or obscure, or difficult 
than many others. To unfold it would be to 
write a treatise, and one which few would 
care to read, as it would be outside not only 
general experience but general intelligence. 
Philipp. 1: 21 gives us the pith of Bevelation 
as a matter of consciousness, even if the dark 
symbolism of Patmos is an utter mystery to 
us. All who really know Jesus in th« same 
way that they know themselves — which is the 
only saving knowledge of Christ — have the 
whole book of Bevelation expounded in their 
life. 

The closing book of the Sacred Canon is 
not only a Bevelation hy Jesus Christ, but 
emphatically and distinctively o/ Jesus Christ, 
It IS the manifestation of the Godman in His- 
tory. This is the key to the Book. The 
motto of the entire Apocalypse is this: "Al- 
leluia: the Lord God omnipoient reigneth." 
19: 6. It is Jesus walking in the midst of 
the seven golden candlesticks, and on sea and 
land the world over, among leopards and bears 
and lions and dragons and hydra- headed 
beasts with many horns and crowns. No 
matter about dates and particular events in 
the past or the future, the lessons are for all 
times and circumstances and environments. 

Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the same yes- 
terday, and to-day, and forever, and the Dev- 
il is always the same Devil) whether lie comes 
in this form or that, with one head or seven, 
with a deadly wound or healed. And along 
all these Satanic exhibitions we will find the 
counter-manifestation of Jesus Christ. The 
Dragon has nothing wholly, to himself. The 
Hand of Omnipotence has hold of him. 
Through all the dark and dreadful machina- 
tions of the powers of evil we have the Beve- 
lation of Jeaus Christ working in the inter- 
ests of Eph. 3: 11. 

The "sea" fitly represents our own ecclesi- 
astical condition at the present time. And 
well does the seven-headed, ten-horned beast 
know how to take advantage of our unstable 
condition. The spotted leopard, the big-foot- 
ed bear, and the greedy, roaring lion, are 
right in the midst of us. As soon as we re- 
lax the 8trin^ency of God incarnate as re- 
gards our individualism, the church will be- 
come a chaos of tumbling waves, and the Drag- 
on will seat himself in our pulpits and pews, 
and exercise his authority. 

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one of his heads, the woand, however deadly, 
is sure to heal, and the admiration of the 
multitude will be orily the greater. "All the 
world wandered after the beast." Dragon- 
worshiping and Beabt-worshiping is common 
to-day in Christendom. Boldly comes the 
challenge from millions of Cross-ignoring, 
would-be-saints: "Who is like unto the beast? 
Who is able to make war with him?" The 
reproach of the cross is not the mark of nine- 
teenth century religion, but "the mark of the 
beast." It is a dreadful thing to be person- 
ally and practically peculiar. 

The same Devil that plays like a Leviathan 
in the first verse, also treads like a huge mon- 
ster in verse eleven. He is amphibious. Two 
lamb-horns suit him as well as seven heads 
and ten horns written all over with blasphe- 
my. Simulating Divine power and seducing 
souls is his object in whatever guise he pre- 
sents himself. In the Eden-murder he as- 
sumed the form of a serpent, and in these 
days he is partly in lamb-form, but in both 
he is the Devil. 

But throughout the whole chapter we have 
the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The sea is 
His, and the earth. The saints are His, and 
the Book of Life. "The patience and the 
faith of the saints" are glorious evidences of 
the grandeur and victory of the Divine In- 
carnation. The closing verse is the juxtapo- 
sition of God and Satan, the kingdom of Hea- 
ven and the kingdom of Hell, the Incarnation 
of Daity aud the infleshing of Beelzebub. 
"Here is wisdom." How few "have under- 
standing to count the number of the beast." 
The mistical 666 includes the whole peri- 
scope of the Prince of darkness and his le- 
gions and schemes for disturbing the har- 
mony of the Universe. 

To prate of marvels and miracles and prog- 
ress and conservatism — sea and earth — while 
the Incarnation of God is set aside as the so- 
lutioij of all problems of life here and forev- 
er, is only dabbling in the mystical Six Hun- 
dred, Three Score and Six. All who fail to 
look unto Jesus as the author and finisher of 
their faith in relation to this world and the 
next, have this mark of the beast either in 
forehead or hand. 

Nothing will keep us from the coils of the 
old Serpent but the self-renunciation, and 
cross-consecration embodied in Emmanuel. 
On every member, organ, faculty under the 
dominion of carnal impulse, is branded the 
God-hated, Devil-gratifying GG6. This chap- 
ter is not peculiar as to principle aud aim; it 
is of a piece with the entire book not only, 
but with the entire Bible, and the entire 
course of Providence and individual and so- 
cial and universal history. 

Jesus walks in the midst of all the candle- 
stifiks on oartli, and is "Head over all 
THINGS TO THE CHURCH." Eph. 1: 22. 
All the personations of Hell, whether as leop- 
ard, or bear, or lion, or lamb, or serpent, or 
minister of righteousness, cannot deceive or 
brand those who "know nothing but Jcsits 
Clirisl, aud Him ckucified." Those who 
bear the insignia of Hell, Six Hundred, Three 
Score and Six, are the Gross-despisers, who 
love pleasure aud honor more than self-cru- 
cifixioD aud holiness. 



CHIPS FliOM THE AVOKK-HOUSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



Seeing that there is neither precept nor 
example in the Bible for baptizing babes, 
they not needing it, aud faith aud repentance 
being eBsential prerequisites, it is here at 
once assumed that the penitent believer, who 
is dead to sin aud alive to duty, is the only 
proper subject for Christian baptism. 

How shall he be baptized is the important 
question in the mind of the honest seeker af- 
ter truth ? Shall it be done by pouring, or 
sprinkling, or by immersion? And if by im- 
mersion, shall it be by forward or backward, 
single or trine immersion? In order to ar- 
rive at a correct conclusion it is necessary to 
know what stands connected with primitive 
baptism in the Bible. 

1. "John baptized in Enon near to Salem 

because there was much water there." John 
3: 23. 

2. Jesus, when baptized, came "straight- 
way up out of the water." Mark 1: 10 

0. Both Philip and the eunuch "went 
down into the water." Acts 8: 89. 

4. "Buried with him in baptism." Col. 
2:12. 

5. "The body is washed." Heb. 10: 22. 
We must not attempt to baptize him by 

pouring or sprinkling: 

1. Because neither pouring nor sprinkling 
is ever mentioned in the Bible for Christian 
baptism. 

2. Because in pouring or sprinkling it is 
not necessary to go to where there is much 
water but to have a little water brought. 

3. No going down into, nor coming up out 
of the water. 

4. Because they are not "buried with him 
in baptism." 

5. Because in pouring or sprinkling the 
body is not washed, not even wetted. 

It must not be backward immersion. 

1. Because that would not be planting 
them together in the likeness of his death; 
rather in the likeness of his burial. 

2. Because backward immersion lacks more 
than fifteen hundred years of being old enough 
to reach back to that memorable day of pen- 
tecost upon which "Peter stood up with the 
eleven," etc., not a single trace of it being 
found beyond the reformation which leaves 
backward immersion standing as a human in- 
vention not half as old as pouring and sprink- 
ling. 

It must not be single immersion, because 
the Lord commanded them to be baptized in 
the name of the Pather, and of the Sou, and 
of the Holy Ghost, which cannot possibly be 
done by one action, no more than I cau go 
into Philadelphia and into Baltimore aud in- 
to New York at one action, or dip my pencil 
into the water and into the milk aud iuto the 
wine with one dip, or write my name into the 
book of Matthew and of Maik and of Luke 
with one action. 

How then shall it be done in order to meet 
all the conditions of the Bible, and be, there- 
fore, infallibly right? 

.-l»s.— Just as the brethren have always 
done when they had candidates desiring to 



be baptized into Christ. That is, they go 
with them to where there is much water; 
from this point, after a word of prajer, they 
make another advance, and like Philip and 
the eunuch go down iuto the water, both the 
administrator and the applicant; there, while 
bowed upon bis knees, the humblest position 
the applicant cau take, he is immersed face 
forward, first, iu the name of the Father; sec- 
ond, in the name of the Son, and third, in the 
name of the Holy Ghost, and is thus buried 
with Christ in baptism in the likeness of his 
death, to rise and walk in newness of life. 
Thus we have gone, first, to where there was 
much water; second, down into the wat- 
er; third, been buiied with him in the like- 
ness of his death; fourth, the body has been 
^vashed; fifth, come up out of the water. 

All the conditions of the Bible are fully 
met HO far as baptism is concerned, aud the 
applicant has received a baptism that will 
pass as valid in any church of note in this 
country, while all other forms have been dis- 
puted ever since invented and will pass only 
in certain communities and churches. 



RANDOM UEADINGS. 



BY \y. U. R008E. 



"Nature bids me love myself, aud hate all 
that hurt me; reason bids me love my friends, 
ind hate those who envy me; religion bids me 
love all and hate none. Nature showethcare; 
reason, wit; religion, love. Nature may in- 
duce me; reason persuade me, but religion 
dhall rule me. I will hearken to nature in 
much, to reason in more, to religion in all." — 
Warivick. 

— What an astonishing thing is sin, which 
makes the God of love and Father of mercies 
an enemy to His creatures, and which could 
'uly be purged by the blood of the Son of 
God! Though all must believe this who be- 
lieve the Bible, yet the exceeding sinfulness 
•if sin is but weakly apprehended by those 
who have the deepest sense of it, and will 
never be fully known in this world." — Rev. T. 
Adams. 

"He whose religion is ever on his lips has 
■<eldom that valu'ible treasure in his heart; 
It kerps watch like a liveried porter at his 
loor, but there is nobody at home, and there 
is nothing to steal; if it were well lodged in 
his soul, he would not be so afraid of its es- 
cipe. He who vouches for his own truthful- 
ness by an oath, will tell a lie the next mo- 
ment without a blush." How many times wq 
have heard these self-righteous egotists claim 
to be better than church members. When 
we hear a man talk iu this way, we may con- 
clude he respects himself most 



EvFRY duty brings one peculiar delight, 
every denial its appropriate compensation, 
every thought its recompense, every love its 
fruition, every qroHS its crown. Meanness 
overreaches itself; vice vitiates whoever in- 
dulges iu it; the wicked wrong their own 
souls; generosity enlarges, virtue exalts, 
charity tranefiuures, and Uoliuess is the es- 
sence of anglehood. 



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At last reports, Bro. Jacob D. Trostle was 
preaching for the Brethren at Morrill, Brown 
Co., Kan. Meetings were well attended and 
the interest good. 

The Spirit of the Lord is at work among 
us, and tinners are turning to God. This 
morning three more of the students made ap- 
plication to be baptized. 

Bro. Sharp went to Stewart, 111., last Sat- 
urday, to hold some meetings, expecting to 
return Sunday night, but the snow blockade 
kept him away until "Wednesday evening. 



Bug. Landon West, at last report, was 
holding meetings at Four Mile, Union Co., 
Ind. The cold weather interfered with the 
meeting, but the interest was very good, and 
two had applied for baptism. 



Bbo. H. W. Kreighbaum reports that they 
are holding a series of meetings at South 
Bend, Ind. They are expecting help from 
other ministers. We hope to have a good 
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Bro. John H. Eshelman, of Liber tyville, 
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Just as we go to press, we receive reports 
of good meetings from South Bend, Ind., and 
Oakley, 111. At the former place eighteen 
were baptized, at the latter, seven. Reports 
will be published next week. 



On last Sunday, at our regular meeting at 
Silver Creek, the icy sti'eam was again open- 
ed and another of the students was baptized 
into Christ. Truly, the Lord works and 
none can hinder! So far, this school year, 
twelve of the students have come out on the 
Lord's side, and there are a number of oth- 
ers who are almost persuaded. May God 
help them to decide noay. 



At this writing, Feb. 12, we are in the 
midst of a cold wave from the north. The 
mercury has fallen to 26° below zero. A 
heavy snow-storm prevailed here on Sunday 
night, Monday and Monday night of this 
week, accompanied by a strong wind from 
the north. The snow drifted badly, block- 
ing up the railroads so that we had no trains 
or mails for three days. No. 7, of the Mes- 
senger, is printed and in the mail-bags, wait- 
ing for the first train to carry it to our sub- 
scribers. It will reach you a few days late. 
We are sorry for the delay, but you will 
know that it was unavoidable. 



While some are disposed to find fault 
with the church, and even to bring some 
things falsely against her; yet, by the grace 
of God given her, she is moving forward on 
the strongholds of sin and Satan. From the 
far West, from the Middle States, from the 
E^st and South, and notably from the Old 
Dominion of Yirginia, comes the soul-cheer- 
ing news that sinners are turning to God and 
uniting with the church. Truly, she is ad- 
vancing in the work of the Lord. We do 
not refer to this in a boastful way. We give 
God thanks and take fresh courage. We re- 
joice in the prosperity of our beloved Zion. 
She is the church of our choice. 

"For her my tears shall fall; 

For her my prayers acend; 
To her my cares and toils be given 
Till toils and cares shall end." 



THE GER3IAN BIBLE. 



On Sunday, the 8th inst., at this place. 
Miss Marion C. Seiders died after a painful 
illness which she bore without complaining. 
She was formerly connected with the college 
as teacher, and for two years had charge of 
the ladies' building. Her friends will re- 
member her for her kind and generous dis- 
position and her ready will to care for and 
help the sick and suffering. She was liberal 
even beyond her means to help. Some time 
before her death she expressed a desire to 
unite with the church by baptism; but death 
came before she was enabled to perform this 
duty. Before she passed away, she expressed 
a willingness to go if it were the Lord's will; 
but she had a desire to recover so that she 
might more fully consecrate herself to His 
service. She is now in the hands of the All- 
wise Father, who will deal justly and merci- 
fully with her. By the request of her friends 
her body was sent to Chambersburg, Pa., for 
interment. May she rest in peace! 



Luther's translation of the Bible into the 
German language, like the authorized Eng- 
lish version, known as King James' transla- 
tion, is being revised, and the Revision Com- 
mittee has just published the results of its 
labors in the so-called Probe Bibel, or speci- 
men Bible. 

The work has taken years of thoughtful 
study and hard work, and has been done by 
the best Bible scholars in Germany, associat- 
ed under the name of " The Halle Bible Re- 
vision Committee." The Specimen Bible was 
published by the Francke Orphan's Home 
Press in Halle, with the title: "Die Bthel, 
oder die gauze Heilige Schrift des Alien und 
Neiien Testamenis, nacli der Deuischen 
Ueherseizung Dr. Mariin Luther's. {Soge- 
nannte Prohe Bibel. ) 

The work is placed in the hands of the ' 
Evangelical churches of Germany for criti- 
cisms and suggestions, which must be sent in 
by the fall of 1886. These will be duly con- 
sidered by the Revision Committee and the 
revised Bible will again pass through J:heir 
hands, and such changes will be made as may 
be deemed proper in the light thrown upon 
the work by the critics. Later the work will 
be published by all the Bible Societies, and 
will at once become the authorized version of 
the whole of Protestant Germany. 

It is claimed that in the publication of the 
successive editions of Luther's Bible, changes 
and corrections have been made from time to 
time, and it has been the purpose of the Re- 
vision Committee to restore the original text 
of Luther's translation. The work, when 
completed, will be valuable, and, although 
there are some protests against the revision 
from a part of the clergy, yet it is certain to 
comQ into general use, as the authorities fa- 
vor it, and it has the sanction of the best 
scholars in the Empire. 



THE EXAMPLE OP OUR LIVES. 



"1 KNOW of no sufficient reason why a man should not 
acknowledge his religious convictions. The first duty we 
owe to ourselves and to all men is to be honest. ]5ut I 
know of no good reason why a pn>on should p'oiess a 
faith which his lite contradicts There is no necessity 
for a person to be a hypocrite. If a certain class of peo- 
ple in a coninuitiity openly profess and avow certain 
principles, and publicly preach thetu, and also assume 
tliat they arc better min and women for belii ving such 
principles, then, it they openly violate their piof'fs.-inns, 
are tliey not justly liable to criticism if not cen-^ure? It 
is upon the ground of treachery to their prmciples that 
Christians are opon to condemnation. We do not judye 
a man by what he professes; we judge him by what he 
does." 

The above we copy from the language of a 
noted unbeliever, and it so forcibly sets forth 
the view that the infidel takes of the short- 
comings of professing Christians, that we 
give it to our readers. It contains an impor- 
tant lesson and a warning for each one of us. 
Are we living in such a way that the example 
of our lives has a tendency to drive men and 
women away from Christ? Or do we adorn 
our profession by living so closf'ly to the 
principle, laid down by our divine Matster 
that men are constrained to say: "These peo- 



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pie have been with Jesus, and have learned 
of him"? 

We are, in spite of all we can do, known 
and read by those with whom we come in 
contact. If we obey Christ in all things; if 
we are true to his teachings, true to our- 
selves, true to our baptismal vows, and true 
to God in heaven, then will our lives set forth 
the grand truths of the gospel, and we shall 
be living epistles, " known and read of all 
men." But if we are careless in our conver- 
sation, careless in the discharge of our Chris- 
tian duties; if we make promises and fail to 
meet them; if we try always to get the high- 
est price for what we have to sell, and aim al- 
ways to secure, what we have to buy, at the 
lowest possible price; if we are noted for mak- 
ing close and sharp bargains; if we close our 
purse to the calls of the needy for help, we 
may rest assured, that notwithstanding we 
have a place in the church and profess to obey 
the Gospel, that we are not right in the sight 
of God, and that our example is driving 
men and women into unbelief. 

The infidel makes a mistake, however, when 
he assumes that because men and women are 
false to their profession of Christianity, that 
therefore the principles themselves are not 
correct. This mode of reasoning is unsound 
and illogical. They might just as wells- ay that 
because some men and women are not true to 
the marriage relation; that therefore this sa- 
cred relation is wrong. It is too true that 
men have not been true to the teaching of 
Christ, and evil-minded men attempt thereby 
to prove that the blessed truths of the Gos- 
pel, the holiest and purest that this world 
ever knew are not true. Brethren and sisters, 
let each one of us see to it, that we do not 
bring reproach upon the name of our blessed 
Master. Xiet us so live, that men, seeing our 
. good works may be constrained to follow 
Christ! 



NOTES FROM OUlt COKltE 
SPONf>ENTS. 



HISTORY OF THE DANISH MISSION. 



In 1881 a pamphlet of 74 pages was print- 
ed, giving a full and complete history of the 
Dinish Mission, a sketch of the life of Bro. 
Hope, an account of brethren Eby and Fry's 
ftiissioa to Denmark and other interesting facts 
connected with the work of establishing the 
Danish Mission. When the pamphlet was 
published, the piice was fixed at 25 cents per 
^copy. We have several hundred copies of 
this work on hand, and as we are anxious to 
put them out, where they may do some ser- 
vice, we offer them at the following very low 
rates: 

One copy, Scents; 3 copies, 10 cents; S 
copies, 25 cents; 17 copies, 50 cents; 40 copies, 

fti.on. 

At these prices we prepay postage, after 
which we shall hardly have enough left to 
pay for the paper on which they are printed. 
Here they do no gond. If tliey are distribut- 
ed, they will awaken an interest in our mis- 
sionary work. Send 81.00 for -40 copies and 
distribute them among the members. 



—Bro. C. C. Sherfy, of Avoca, Neb., re- 
ports that Bro. R. Bidger was with them in 
November, and "spoke the Word with power 
and success. Six were born anew and many 
rejoiced. Father Isaac Myers was also here." 

— Bro. Geo. L Studebaker, Shideler, Ind., 
says: "Our little flock is slowly on the in- 
crease. Two have been received by baptism 
this Wintei'. Bro. E. H. Miller expects to 
hold a series of meetings with us soon. May 
the Lord bless and save us all." 

— Bro, Henry Kersey says the Messenger 
is a great comfort and blessing to himself 
and wife. The sermons are especially in- 
structive and encouraging to them. He 
thinks that the sisters should wear the cover- 
ing at home, especially in time of prayer. 

— Bro. John Bare, of Gordon, Neb., says, 
himself and wife are the ouly members in 
that part of the country. Would like to have 
some members move there. Land is cheap; 
timber good and goveri-ment land can be 
had. If you write to Bro. Bare, send stamp 
'lor reply. 

— Bro. Wra. Pullen, of Ashland, Oregon, 
under Jan. 28, writes that they are having 
pleasant weather, and that farmers are plow- 
ing. He had held eight meetings in Joseph- 
ine Co., to interested congregations; some 
giving evidence that they were not far from 
the Kingdom. 

— Bro. Justin P. Hughey writes a short es- 
say under the heading, "The only true God." 
He impresses the thought that God is always 
true and right, and that His ways are marvel- 
ous and past finding out. He spoke worlds 
into existence and created man by his power. 
We are exhorted to serve God, and so escape 
his wrath; for our God is a consuming fire." 

— From Bro. E M. Rittenhouse we have 
the following: "The home ministers in the 
Silver Creek church, Williams Co., Ohio, 
commenced a series of meetings, and the 
good Lord is blessing their efforts by bring- 
ing the dear lambs into the fold. Three 
young sisters and two brethren have said by 
their actions, they are tired of sin, and unit- 
ed with the people of God." 

— Bro. John W. Sadler, of Iowa, is impress- 
ed with the thought that God is a stranger to 
the world; that men have withdrawn from 
the ways of the Lord, and that He has hid- 
den himself from sinners. He exhorts sin- 
nprs to seek the Lord that they may find 
Him, and that they may not be strangers but 
friends with God. Then when troubles come, 
they can call upon him, and He will hear 
them. 

— Bro. Isaac N Wagoner, of Nevada, Mo., 
sends the following item of news: "Dec. 0, 
the members of the Nevada church held their 
q\iarterly council. Business was done in a 
Christian order. Throe members were re- 
ceived by letter. A Home Mission Board 
was org>iuized, and the following brethren 
appointed members of the board: J. Wilson, 
Prrsiileut; I. N. Wagoner, Cor. Sec'y; E. 
Brower, A. Yoder, S. Dunning." 



A LEAF PROM OUR NOTE-BOOK, 



WORK FOG ALL. 

There are a great many idle persons in 
the church, — those who can see nothing to 
do. They seem to think that the ministers, 
deacons, Sunday-school superintendents, and 
teachers are the ones to do the work. One 
time we visited a brother's house, in compa- 
ny with one of our- earnest, working, minis- 
tering brethren. The brother whom we vis- 
ited was a lay member. He was successful 
in his worldly pursuits, but did little for the 
church. 

"Brother D," said the minister, "you ought 
to be doing more for Jesus in this communi- 
ty. There are souls here near the kingdom, 
and they need your help." "What can I do?" 
said brother D. He did not seem to think 
there was anything for him to do. The min- 
ister was there and the work of the church 
belon-^ed exclusively to him. 

Now this is the way in which hundreds 
and thousands of church members look at 
this matter. They cannot see anything for 
them to do. In fact, they are not specially 
wanting anything to do. We are sure that 
no one who desires to serve God, need be a 
day without plenty of work. We frequently 
come across young men who cannot afi'ord to 
live without work, and their parents can 
hardly support them in idleness. If we ask 
them why they are not at work, they fre- 
quently say, "We do not know what to do." 
We denounce such young men as lazy, and 
look upon them with contempt. They doubt- 
less would be glad for some position that 
would bring them an income, providing it 
required no labor or sacrifice on their part. 

This is about the way with a great many 
church members. In the first place, they do 
not care about -work, and secondly, the sacri- 
fice required in Christian effort is distaste- 
ful. The trouble is, the heart is not in the 
Lord's work, and this originates the question 
so often asked, "What can I do?" 

Somewhere we read of a returned Indian 
officer, who, sneering at missionary work, 
said, in the presence of a returned Indian 
missionary, that he had been in India for 
twenty years and had never seen a native 
convert, — that in his judgment there were 
none, and that all the stories told by Indian 
missionaries were false or imaginary. 

To this statement the missionary replied, 
"Did you ever see any tigers in India?" "O, 
yes," replied the officer, "and I have shot a 
number myself. There are plenty of tigers 
in India, I assure you." "Well," replied the 
missionary, "I have been in India thirty 
years, and I have never seen a tiger. My 
friend, it is my opinion that you lia\e been 
lookiug for tigers, while I have been looking 
for native converts. We are apt to find what 
we look for." 

.Christian lirother or sister, if you want 
work and are lookiug for it, you will be very 



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THE aOSPEL INIESSEI^OEK. 



likely to find it. When we hear Christians 
talk about having nothing to do, we always 
feel sure they are not looking for work. 

It may not be amiss to suggest some ways 
of working, and first of all, we warn you 
against the idea that those who are set apart 
by the church as ministers or Sunday-school 
teachers are the ones to do the church work. 
Every member of Christ's body has a work 
that is just as important as any other mem- 
ber's work. If you are a farmer, you have 
an excellent opportunity to work. Perhaps 
in your congregation there is a poor sister 
with a family of children. Her husband is 
dead, and she is without the means of sup- 
port. Here is an opportunity. You have 
plenty and to spare. Flour, potatoes or fire- 
wood are just what she needs. Jesus says, 
"Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these 
my brethren, ye do it unto me." 

Your minister may need help. Perhaps 
he has a family and has but little means for 
support. He gives his time largely to the 
church, and, as a consequence, his pecuniary 
afftiirs are neglected, or at least do not re- 
ceive the attention they should, to be success- 
ful. Here is another opportunity. Flour 
and meat would come very good; also, corn, 
oats and hay for his horse. A five or ten- 
dollar bill would not be amiss occasionally, 
to aid him in clothing himself and family. 

You need not make a display of giving. 
You can do all this privately, and no, one will 
know an> thing about it but the Lord, who 
never fails to reward. If you have any 
doubts about the propriety of this way of 
working, read the 9th chapter of Ist Corin- 
thians, from the 7 th to the lith verse. If 
you are poor, and have none of the necessa- 
ries of life to give your minister, you can 
give him encouraging words, and show that 
you appreciate his labors. In short,, stand 
by him, be a good yoke- fellow with him, help 
to bear his burdens and s'ympathize with 
him in his trials. 

Perhaps there are some sick in your vicin- 
ity. Do you remember James' definitiftn of 
religion? If not, read James 1: 27. Are 
there any brethren or sisters who have ap- 
parently lost their interest in spiritual things? 
If BO, have you done anything to restore 
them? There is work for you to do. You 
can go to such and tell them how sorry you 
are that they have stopped coming to church 
and that you hope to see them in the sanctu- 
ary worshiping and serving God. 

Then, too, there is another brother who has 
not betn to the prayer-meeting or Sunday- 
Bchool for a long time. You can go to him 
and exprepB your regret at his absence from 
the house of prayer. All this, if done in the 
proper spirit, is working for the Lord, and 
who cannot work in these ways? There are 
many otbf-r ways in which all can work, that 
we think of, but these may sutfice to set the 
reader to thinking. i. b. b. 



MY THOUGHTS. 



BY E. A. ORE. 



Number 4. 

I AM now in the depot, awaiting the train. 
I need not tell you I wish the train would 
come; and yet I am loath to part with these 
thoughts. They make one almost fall out 
with all things down here, and aspire to 
things up yonder — to things higher and bet- 
ter. I'll soon be in my cosy room. There I 
will find good books to read and divert my 
mind from some of the scenes of folly that 
have so much wearied me the last few days. 
I like books. Beecher was right when he 
said, "Books are windows through which the 
soul looks out." How careful every good 
housewife is to wash her windows that all 
the inmates may have the clear light of day. 
That is right, good woman, God gave us the 
light and means we shall use it. He does not 
want us to shut it out with our grease and 
dirt. Of course these things are good and 
have their place but it is not on the windows. 
There are more sins than this one of unclean- 
liness that shut out the blessed light. See 
what a fog of powder war raises, to almost 
eclipse our sun, and then there are flues of 
thousands of furnaces and shops where only 
tools of mischief are made. All of this is bad 
— very bad, and yet there are worse things. 
This only obscures the "natural eye" which a 
man may "pluck out" and yet not be "lost." 
But not so with the eye of the soul. You 
good men that provide such clear windows 
for your houses and you, good women, that 
keep them so clear, are you one-half so care- 
ful for the windows of the souls of your dear 
ones? Do you see that the books they read 
are clear and true, presenting correct views 
of things, of life and of God? Or rather do 
you not let them look through all kinds of 
literary glass? Remember children are, very 
curious and they will look. They must see 
out. And if they can't see clean pictures 
they will look at vile ones. There are books 
that furnish all sorts of pictures. They con- 
tain heroes of every shape. Of course he- 
roes are found outside of the books too. Do 
you know your child will make some one of 
these his model. He is his great man and 
his life will be shaped by that of his hero. 

The man who reads has the greatest num- 
ber of theories. We do not see many great 
men in our life time, but the reader has all 
the good and great of all times. To him the 
"blood of Abel yet speaketh." Were it not 
for the best of all books, the Bible, we would 
know nothing of the greatest of all heroes, 
Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. The man 
of books can see and hear, not with two eyes 
and ears; but with the eyes and ears of all 
whose thoughts are committed to writing. 
He lives in every place and in all ages. Yea, 
by faith he can live ahead of time. Then 
read and study good books. 



"THEKE SHALL BE TIME NO 
LOKOEK." 



BY T. C. DENTON. 



A Christian must be a man of faith every 
step of the way — one whom the world knows 
not, though he well knows the world, being 
aware of its deceptions. 



We always feel to deplore the condition of 
an individual who has neither aim nor pur- 
pose in life, — like the vessel sailing on the 
mighty deep, with no port in view, tossed to 
and fro on the crest of the waves. 

Every one of God's intelligent creatures 
should have a fixed purpose, a definite aim, 
on embarking in life. Having the accom- 
plishment of certain aims and ends in view, 
the eye should be kept steadily in that direc- 
tion, after the manner of the pilot, who nei- 
ther looks to the right nor the left, but steers 
directly for the port of destination. 

In the meantime, we need to get the most 
perfect control of all our faculties, desires 
and inclinations; as the pilot moves the wheel 
to turn the vessel by simply willing it so. 

One of the indispensable elements of suc- 
cess in any undertaking is time. . To me, jn 
the language of another, "Time is the stuff 
of which life is made." With time, opportu- 
nity and perseverance, many things, almost 
incredible, are accomplished. Consult the 
man successful in any line of businese, and 
he will tell you the foregoing facts are way- 
marks to success. 

In order to the grandest achievements in 
life, one wants to fail in line with God's aims 
and purpose in the creation of man. By 
consulting the will of God concerning man, 
we find him created, in degree, a little lower 
than the angels, for the glorification of li^s 
name and the salvation of his never-dyiij^ 
soul. If all men, then, would fall in a line 
of action with this sentiment, mankind would 
be prompted by one universal purpose. — 
What a woeful failure there has been, on the 
part of men, through past ages, down to the 
present time! What a squandering of time! 
— appropriating it to the farthering of our 
own selfish ends, and gratifying our fleshly 
appetites! Consequently there is a Scriptur- 
al injunction, teaching us to "redeem the 
time, because the days are evil." 

0, the evil days that have accumulated to 
testify against fallen humanity at the final 
reckoning dayt Fellow-professors, we that 
have vowed allegiance to Emmanuel, what nn 
amount of idle and ill-spent time have we to 
make reparation for! 

"There shall be time ho longer" with thoi^ 
is spoken continually to individuals through 
out the land, by the silent messenger we call 
death. What a cutting off of opportunities 
and possibilities — a closing up of high privi- 
leges and opening of terrible consequences, 
to the squanderer of time! — when the grand 
declaration is made, in all of its momentous 
power, the angel manifesting his supremacy 
by standing with one foot upon the land, and 
the other on the sea: "There shall be time no 
longer" — the ultimatum of this world's his- 
tory. 

The accumulated inventions and discover- 
ies of past ages are suspended forever; all 
the busy hum and stir of the immense cities 
of commerce stop short. Then will be veri- 
fied the saying, "Time was, and is, but time 



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shall be no more." Time — the consoler of 
many Borrows, and the witness of many joys; 
time — co-existent with all the failures of man- 
kind, and boundless beneficence of an all- 
wise, all-gracious Creator. 

Dear reader, can we conceive of the change 
of scenes, when the curtain drops? "And 
the evening and the morning were the first 
day." Man divides the duration that he is 
jjleased to term time, into epochs; God fur- 
ther provides dispensations, as. Mosaic and 
Christian, Thus, time, with all its relation- 
ship, ends in the last day, and is lost in all- 
comprehensive, momentous eternity. 



TKUTH. 



BY A. S. CHAMBERLAIN. 



AVhat is truth? Truth is the standard by 
which all things are judged. Truth is the 
test of true discipleship; the- foundation of 
human confidence. God is its author. Bet- 
ter to lose all, even life itself, for the cause 
of truth, than to save these temporal things 
by telling falsehood. The study of truth is 
joined with the love of virtue. 

Truth bears the impress of its author. In 
the future home of the redeemed nothing 
but truth can enter. Truth is firm in temp- 
tation and frank in the midst of treachery. 
Truth makes no compromise with error; like 
water and oil they will not mix. Truth may 
be crushed to the earth for a time, yet, like 
oil, it will rise to the top. 

The great need of the hour is men of 
truth — true men — ^men and women honest 
and sound, and true to the heart's core, who 
can tell the truth and face the world and Sa- 
tan. "Buy the truth, but sell it not." While 
falsehood sneaks away in the dark, truth 
stands out in bold relief in the light of mid- 
day. 

Seeing truth is of such priceless value, let 
us cling firmly to it. As the mariner's com- 
pass always points to the polar star, so truth 
always points us to its author. Our divine 
Master said he came to bear "witness to the 
truth, and all that are of the truth, hear my 
voice."— John 18: 37. 

COiiKESPONDENCE. 



Ab colli water 18 to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 
country. 



From lircciilaiid, W. Va.— Feb. 2. 



1 ENCLOSE stamp for twenty tracts on "Mis- 
sionary Plan, etc." The church needs a gen- 
eral wakening up on this subject, and this 
all-important duty so positively and explicit- 
ly revealed in the Word as a Christian duty. 
It does seem to me, brethren, that, in this 
respect, many of us are not consistent. Why 
contend so earnestly for other Scriptural in- 
junctions, and be silent on this positive man- 
date? Is it enough to think if we oflfer one 
or two mites a year to meet loc.il expenses, 
that we have done our portion of all that is 
required? And yet, 1 fear, many, very many, 
never go farther than this, and, perliape, do 
not reach very deep to do this. Ministers, 
and especially elders, should see to this mat- 



ter. They should make it a more frequent 
topic of talk, both public and private. We 
profess to teach all things whatsoever Christ 
has commanded. "Go ye" means a great 
deal. "Why call ye me. Lord, Lord, and do 
not the things which I say"? "If ye know 
these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 
We may as well be lost by neglecting bap- 
tism, feet-washing, etc., as to die unsaved, be- 
cause we failed to work as we ought, for the 
salvation of others in spreading the gospel, 
etc. If I die from the bite of a spider, I am 
just as dead as if slain by a lion. But, thankh 
be to God, I believe the brethren are pro- 
gressing in this great work. May it con- 
stantly increase, that the world may see that 
we have the true cause at heart. It is a won- 
derful query in my mind to know how min- 
isters can make "full proof of their ministry" 
by one-half dozen (more or less) meeting to- 
gether at the same place (a common meet 
iug) while precious souls are famishing by 
thousands in the highways and hedges of 
sin. God surely don't call his servants to 
stand all the day in idleness. -Those who 
are really qualified for the work of the Chris- 
tian ministry should always be willing to 
spend and be spent in the good work. Not 
many idle Sabbaths for the true worker. — 
But I will stop here. I write this simply be- 
cause I am led to believe that, as a Christian 
body, we have been, and are yet, many of us, 
too slack or careless concerning this necessa- 
ry thing. May we so strive that our good 
may not be evil spoken of. Peace and grace 
to all the brethren. Wm. M. Lyon. 



From Bethel Church, Mo.— Jan. 27. 



We are still progressing in the divine life, 
and feel encouraged to continue in the cause 
of our blessed Master, that we may obtain a 
full reward. Our quarterly council-meeting 
was held on Jan. 10. Everything passed off 
pleasantly. We were glad to meet our be- 
loved brother, J. S. Mohler, of Johnson Co., 
Mo., who had come to hold a series of meet- 
ings with us. He began on the evening of 
10th, at Squaw Creek meeting-house. He 
continued the meetings until the evening of 
the 20th, having delivered about seventeen 
discourses. The weather was very cold and 
disagreeable, preventing many from attend- 
ing; nevertheless, the congregation kept in- 
creasing to the close. Bro. Mohler labored 
faithfully while with us, and, as an immedi- 
ate result, four precious souls made applica- 
tion for baptism, with others near the king- 
dom. He has begun a good work among us, 
which, we hope, will continue, — as bread cast 
upon the waters will be gathered many 
days hence. J. E. Kellep.. 



From the Ea.st Niiiii.shillcii Church, O. 



On Dec. 31, Bro. John Metzler, of Indiana, 
commenced holding meetings for us, at the 
Brick church. On Jan. 1, Bro. George Worst, 
of Maple Grove, O., also came, and the two 
brethren continued to preach at the Brick 

' church until the evening of the Oth, preach- 
ing twice each day. On the afternoon of the 

' 7th, a meeting was held at the house of old 



Bro. Jacob Brumbaugh, by request, as he 
and his wife are quite old, and the sister, es- 
pecially, is very feeble. The words of en- 
couragement, which came from brethren 
Worst and Metzler, were well calculated to 
draw the minds of these old pilgrims heaven- 
ward. It was also a good lesson to those 
younger in years, who had assembled on this 
occasion. On the evening of the same day, a 
meeting was commenced at the Lake meet- 
ing-house, which was continued morning and 
evening until the 11th of January. During 
all these meetings these brethren labored 
very earnestly with those who stand outside 
the pales of the church, as well as those in- 
side. We think the members have been 
much revived, and the seed will, no doubt, 
bring a rich harvest some time. H. W. 
Kreighbaum, of Indiana, and some of the 
ministers of neighboring congregations, were 
present part of the time, and assisted in the 
exercises of these meetings. 

A. Brumbaugh. 



From Ed«a Mills, liid.— Feb. 2. 



Brethren Isaac Billhimer, of Fairview, 
and Charles Burns, of Goshen, Ind., com- 
menced preaching in Edna, Jan. 19, and con- 
tinued until the 25th. On account of cold 
weather, the attendance was small, but the 
brethren preached the Word, and the mem- 
bers wee encouraged to press forward. On 
the 25tb, Bro. Daniel Mohler, of 111., preach- 
ed in Edna, and at night at our old church, 
and continued in different places of this con- 
gregation until yesterday. The attendance 
and interest were good. There were no ad- 
ditions to the church, but good impressions 
were made. John E. Metzger. 



From Scalp Level, Pa. 



January 25th was our regular meeting in 
the Scalp Level church. Shade congregation. 
Pa. Bro. Jacob Holsopple preached. Three 
other ministers.were present. After services 
we repaired to the stream which fiows close 
by the church, where three young sisters (all 
in their teens) were baptized by Bro. Mussel- 
man. Though the water was very cold they 
stood it remarkably well. In the evening a 
middle-aged man, with a family, came and re- 
quested baptism. He was baptized after 
dark. What joy to see sinners coming home 
to their Lord! May they hold out faithfuH 
Jerome E. Blouoh. 



From the Deep Water Cliurcb, Mo. 



The Deep Water church held its quarter- 
ly council Saturday, Jan. 21tb. Considerable 
business was done, but everything passed off 
pleasantly. How pleasant for brethren thus 
to meet on such occasions when love and un- 
ion prevails. Health is good in this locality. 
The few last weeks we have had some severe 
cold weather with some snow. 

Lizzie Fahnestock. 



He has not lost all to whom the future 
still remains. 



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THE aOSFEL ]VIESSEl>sraEIl. 



From Sandy Creek, Va,— Jan. 27. 



The brethren of the Sandy Creek church 
commenced a meeting iu the Centre meet- 
ing-houee, at Clifton Mills, on the 10th of 
January. The meeting was conducted by 
our home ministers the first week. Bro. J. 
C. Johnson came to assist us on the 18th. 
We continued the meetings until the 27th. 
They were largply attended, and we had very 
good order. It has been several years since 
they have had a revival meeting at this place. 
The influences of evil had become strong, 
which made ihe labors of the first part of the 
meeting hard, and the prospect for ingather- 
ing, poor. The ice had become strong and 
thick, but after two weeks' hard labor, it be 
gan to give way, and the church got to work. 
The people began to take much interest in 
the good cause, and the result of the meet- 
ing was eighteen precious souls, sixteen by 
baptism and two reclaimed. And what made 
the meeting more pleasant to us, was that we 
could flee some of out own children coming 
to the fold. I do truly hope that the good 
Lord will be our helper, that we, the old 
Sandy Creek church, may be an example tc» 
the world, that many may see our good works. 
I expect, if the Lord is willing, to go to 
George's Creek church, Fayette Co., Pa., to 
hold a series of meetings, commencing on 
Feb. 1. We hope to have a good meeting. 
May the Lord be our helper. 

Solomon Bucklew. 



From NcAV Enterprise, Pa.— Jan. 15. 



As I have not seen anything in print from 
our church for some time, I will try and 
write a few lines. The church here is still 
laboring for the upbuilding of Zion. So far 
as I know, peace and harmony prevail. — 
Although there have been no additions for 
some time, we believe there are some who 
are counting the cost. Our prayer- meetings 
are very well attended, and very interesting, 
as they should be, to the young members. 1 
believe every church should^ have a prayer- 
meeting, where it could be conducted in a 
God fearing way. It will give- all young 
members a chance to build themselves up in 
the great cause of Christ, and the eveningt- 
that they spend at the prayer-meeting, the> 
are not spending their time sitting around 
the stores and shoe-shops, and indulging iu 
idle gossiping, for which they will all have 
to give an account some day. Dear brethren, 
let us awake out of this idleness, and put on 
the whole armor of God. If there ever was 
a time to show our gospel light, it is just 
now; methiuks, sometimes, with all praying 
and watching, the enemy of oiir souls is still 
ahead, when we compare ourselves with the 
gospel light and the light of the world. Just 
look at the foolish fashions that some mem- 
bers aro indulging in! Why? If God 
were to come now and judge by the out 
ward appearance, how many of our members 
would be saved? Remember, my dear young 
members, that there are two kingdoms men- 
tioned in the Bible, the kingdom of the world 
and the kingdom of Christ. Now, to which 
do you belong? "Be not deceived, God is 



not mocked ; whatsoever a man sows, that 
shall he reap. IE ye sow to the flesh, ye 
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but if ye 
sow to the spirit, ye shall of the spirit reap 
life everlasting.". Let us take the Word of 
God for the man of our council, and let the 
world go. 

To the sisters I ^ould say, read Cor. 11, 
and then, when you come before God in 
prayer, have your head covered with 
that spiritual covering, and lay that worldly 
covering aside, and God will not be ashamed 
of you. He says, "Whosoever is ashamed of 
me and my word, of him will I be ashamed;" 
also, if it was right in the apostles' time to 
wear a spiritual covering, it is right to-day^ 
and I believe that ministers are neglecting a 
duty by not preaching enough on this sub- 
ject. It is very seldom you hear any preach- 
ing on this subject, only on communion occa- 
sions, which occur only onc3 or twice a 
year. Paul says, "All Scripture is given by 
inspiration, and is profitable for doctrine, re- 
proof, correction, etc. Much might be said 
upon this subject, but let this suffice. What 
[ write I write iu love, and to give a warning 
[ would say, in conclusion, at our last church 
meeting the church decided to hold a series 
of meetings, commencing about the 15th or 
20th of February. Bro. John M. Mohler is 
expected. We anticipate a good meeting. — 
We also have organized a Bible- class in our 
church, which meets every Sunday evening, 
conducted by Eld. C. L. Buck and others, 
and so far, has been interesting. This win- 
ter we commenced reading with the first 
(•hapter of Acts. We have preaching every 
Sunday, at different places, at 10 o'clock. We 
have prayer meeting every Wednesday even- 
ing. Our prayer-meetings, in the winter, are 
held at the members' houses. The typhoid 
fever, which prevailed in our neighborhood 
sometime ago, has now ceased, and the peo- 
ple are now about well again, for which we 
thank the Lord. D. S. RErLOGLE. 



My Trip to Kansas. 



Since the 8th of December, I have travel- 
ed some through the state of Kansas. In 
Cowley county I found a small body of mem- 
bers, and they stand very much in need of 
help. They have only one minister, and he 
is old and feeble, so that he cannot attend 
his appointments this winter. His flock is 
spiritually starving for want of the Bread of 
Life. Brethren in the Eastern states, where 
there are from three to six around one table, 
should remember the Brethren in the West, 
and give them help. Biethren, some more 
of you move west, both ministers and laity, 
and help them to feast upon the Word of 
the Lord. The land iu Kansas is good. It 
is a part of the same that God had not only 
called good, but very good. I understand 
that Bro. John Wise "is getting up a good in- 
terest iu the work of the Lord. I feel sorry 
that I did not go to see him. I went to Ma- 
rion and Harvey counties. I think that the 
brethren may do well, north of Newton. It 
is a good locality, and the prospects for a 
church appear to be good. The land lays 
rolling enough to drain itself, and the soil 



appears to be good. Brethren, go and see it. 
You ministers, go and see it, and give them 
one week's meeting. The people are very 
friendiy and accommodating, and hungry for 
the Bread of Life. Come, good Shepherd, 
feed my sheep and lambs. 

David K. Milleb. 



From Suffar Hill Church. 



On Dec. 20, brother William Boggs came 
to us and held forth the Word of Life in its 
simplicity and power, and remained until the 
30 ch. The church was much revived. Deep 
and lasting impressions were made. Assis- 
ter seventy four years old was baptized, and 
also three young sisters were baptized to 
walk in newness of life, and to be bright and 
shining lights in God's kingdom. We feel 
that some were counting the cost, and almost 
ready to give us their hand and the Savior 
their heart. May they not count too long, 
"but come and work while it is day, knowing 
the night of death will come when no man 
can work." We hope it is bread cast upon 
the waters, to be gathered not many days 
hence. May the blessings of God attend 
our brother in his every effort for good. 

ClYILLA A. FOUTZ. 



From Coon River Church, Iowa. 



The brethren here, with the ministerial aid 
of Bro. Frank MeCune, of Dillas Center, la., 
held a series of meetings in Panora, in the 
U. B. church. Commence 1 Sunday evening, - 
Jan. 25, and continued every evening, during ^ 
the week, and on Sundny, Feb." 1, had meet- 
ing in the morning and in the afternoon chil- 
dren's meeting. The meetings closed Sun- 
day evening. One dear brother was made 
willing to accept the plan of salvation, and 
was buried with Christ in baptism. From 
the appearance of many tearful eyes, and the 
undivided attention of the large ongrega- 
tion, we think there were some good, and we 
hope lasting impressions made on many. — 
We think there ai'e many nearly ready to de- 
ny themselves of the pleasures of sin, and ac- 
cept the plain truths of the Word of God, 
and the zealous and earnest appeals of Bro. 
Frank to accept God's word as the man of 
their council, and not pin their faith to any 
creed or preacher, but examine the plain 
word of God and do its commands. 

The children's meeting was well attended, 
and good attention by the little folks. Many 
parents, and younger persons also, enjoyed 
the tender counsels and commands of God to 
children, given by brother Frank, after which 
we went to the water-side, where brother M. 
Deardorff, for the first time, administered the 
sacred ordinance, and many were made to re- 
joice on account of the return of one more. 
There are seven families of Brethren living 
in Panora. The Brethren hold meetings reg- 
ularly every two weeks in the U. B. church, 
in Panora, with good attendance and atten- 
tion. During our series of meetings for the 
past week, we have had pleasant weather and 
good sleighing, and the audience grew larger 
every evening. The last evening all the 
standing room was occupied by gentlemen 



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109 



the full length of both aisles; yet, with all the 
crowd, there was perfect order and the best 
of attention. Bro. McCune took a severe 
cold in coming here. It settled on his lungs, 
and made it very hard for him to labor; there- 
fore, he and the ministerial brethren thought 
best to bring our meetings to a close for the 
present. We hope we may often and soon 
have more meetings, for there are many who 
ask us why we closed the meetings while 
there was such good interest. May God help 
us all so to live daily that our conduct may 
preach louder than words. May God ever 
watch over and keep the beloved Brother- 
hood in the plain, simple truths of the gos- 
pel, is our sincere prayer. D. W. Diehl. 



Sad Accident. 



Two miles north of Dunkirk, Jay Co, led., 
there was a sad occurrence in the family of 
Richard Battens. This family was composed 
of husband and wife, two daughters and two 
sons. They retired in peace and happiness 
on the night of Jan. 9, 1885. The two sons 
slept up- stairs, and the rest of the family 
down-stairs. They had not retired long, 
when the boys were awakened, the house be- 
ing in flames. They started down stairs; the 
older, fourteen years of age, had the young- 
er brother by the hand, he being ten years 
of pge. The younger, thinking of his pants, 
returned for them ; the older went on down- 
stairs, telling his little brother to hurry 
down, and awoke his parents. The father 
ran up-stairs after his son, but by this time 
the room was in flames. He could not see 
anything but the flames; he felt his way to 
the bed where the boy slept, but he was not 
there. He stepped back, and stepped on the 
boy, but death had done its work. He took 
him up and started down-stairs, but the 
flames were so severe he had to drop him be- 
fore he got»down, and the boy was consumed 
by the flames. Mr. Batten was so severely 
burnt in trying to rescue his son, that he on- 
ly lived about twenty-four hours, when his 
euflering was relieved by death. Friend Bat- 
ten was a son of brother and sister Bitten. 
This is heart-rending for them in their old 
age. The house and all its contents were de- 
stroyed. Wilson Hutchison. 



From Csirleton, Neb. 



Seeing nothing in the Messengeis for a 
long time from our little band of Brethren 
in Fillmore and Thayer counties, Neb., I feel 
like writing a few notes. I believe we are all 
in love and harmony with the Brotherhood. 
Have received two by baptism and seven or 
eight by letter last year, and would be glad 
to see more faithful Brethren move in, espe- 
cially an experienced minister. It would be 
very desirable to have an elder, as we have 
none, and one that is well prepared to defend 
the cause, as we have strong opposition to 
contend with. We have two young ministers, 
one in the second and one in the first degree. 
Who will come? I think we have a good 
opening. We have about fifty members. — 
Last spring we concluded to build a church- 
house, 30x40, and in connection with the mis- 



f.irtunes we have had in this vicinity, it has 
taxed the Brethren pretty severely. We cfwe 
some i?80.00 yet on the church. The under- 
taking was rather a big one for our congre- 
gation, but those Brethren that have been in 
the West and seen the disadvantage we labor 
under, especially at our feasts, will know how 
to appreciate our effort. I will give one in- 
stance: An aged brother, having subscribed 
$15.00, was ready to pay it in June, but a 
party persuaded him to loan him the money 
for a short time, and it has proved rather a 
long time. His wife, the dear old sister, paid 
it this winter out of her earnings for taking 
care of the sick. May God's special bless- 
ing rest upon them and all others that show 
such integrity under so trying circumstances. 

Jas. a. Floky. 



From Olympia, "\Va.sb. T'y 



By your permission, I propose to give, 
through your columns, a few lines for the 
benefit of so many readers that have not seen 
this country. 

This city is at the head of Puget Sound; 
has 2,800 inhabitants, besides about 175 Chi- 
nese. I came to this town in March, 1884. — 
The summer here is the best I ever saw, — no 
wind storms. Everything, except corn and 
melons, does well. For fruit it cannot be ex- 
celled. The winter is not cold, but there ifa 
much rain and fog. The coldest here thiH 
winter was eight degrees below zero. Every- 
thing, except potatoes, is left in the ground, 
and is safe. The frost does not seem to go 
down to the ground. Game, large deer, elk, 
black bears, ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse, 
quails, plenty of fish, all kinds, fresh and 
salt-water, timber, cedai, red and white, fir, 
oak, maple, and other kinds. Lumber, rough, 
$9.00 per M.; dressed, $17 00, first clear; com- 
mon labor, $2 00; schools good; churches, sev- 
en. But I am sorry to say, there are no 
Brethren that 1 know of. We are lonesome 
without them. But the welcome visitor 
comes regularly and we can hear from the 
dear brethren and sisters. Any question ask- 
ed I will answer. Write to me. Remember 
us at a Throne of Grace. 

S. H. WfESEDEPE. 

Jan. L'2. 

. .♦— 

From Great Bend, lian.— Jan. 3(>. 



that, while the brethren are staying at home 
and writing to Bro. M. Morehead and myself, 
others are coming and buying the goodly 
land. Wm. Mabtin. 



In Menioriani. 



Sister Huldah Coyle, whose death occur- 
red Nov. 23, 1884. in the Sandy church, N. E. 
Ohio, was one of the sixty who, with her hus- 
band, Bro. John Coyle, united with the 
church in 1876, during and shortly after a 
series of meetings held by brethren Jesse 
Calvert and P. J. Brown, at the Freeburgh 
and Beading houses of worship. She leaves 
a grief stricken husband, two children with 
their families, a large circle of relatives and 
a host of friends to mourn her departure. 
They were endeared to her by her very amia- 
ble disposition and devoted Christian life 
and character, but they sorrow not like those 
that have no hope, for we trust her prayers 
and almsdeeds have gone up to heaven as a 

memorial before her to God. 

J. A. Clement. 
N. Georgetown, O. 

1 m • 

From Brooklyn, Iowa. 



I DO not see how any brother or sister can 
well do without the G. M's. weekly visits. It 
is brimful of good things, and, rather than 
do without it, I would give up all other pa- 
pers. I thought of naming some of the good 
things I had seen in it, but pen and space 
would fail; and to those that feel like grum- 
bling, let me say, imitate the busy bee, cull 
the sweet from among the bitter, and, at a 
throne of grace, remember that the editors 
are fallible creatures, as well as the rest of 
us. Dear brethren and sisters, how many 
precious souls Gave you under your charge, 
and are you doing all you can to bring them 
up in the nurture and adinouitiou of the 
Lord? Oh! do not fail to have family wor- 
ship night and morning; it is a power for 
good. Gen(»ral health is good hero in Eden 
Valley, Stafford Co., Kan., and let me say. 



We have just closed a series of meetings; 
commenced on the evening of Jan. 23, and 
closed on the evening of Feb. 1. The weath- 
er was rather unpleasant and cold at the be- 
ginning, but changed after a few days and 
was pleasant to the close. We had pretty 
good congregations from the first, but the 
crowd still increased till our large house was 
well filled. We closed with good interest- 
Two united with the church, and more are 
coming soon. Brethren G. W. Hop wood and 
H. R. Taylor were with us during the meet- 
ing. Bro. Hopwood was not well, and could 
not labor much. The gospel seed has been 
sown in its purity and the leaven of the gos- 
pel is working in the hearts of the people. 

J. S. Snyder. 

Feb. 3. 

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From Ceutreview Cliurcli, Mo. 



We had a week's meeting. It was a soul- 
reviving season, but of too short a duration. 
The immediate results were, teven precious 
souls came to the front and confesbed Christ. 
Among that number was our own dear Ira- 
Others are counting the cost. May they soon 
choose that good part which shall not be tak- 
en away. Elder P. S. Garman, of Warrens- 
burg, Mo., did most of the preaching. He 
preached the word with power. Just when 
the meeting was at the height of interest, 
elder Garman had to leave and the meeting 
closed, to the sorrow of many anxious hearts. 
O, when will the Brethren understand to con-^ 
tinue such meetings when the Lord is work- 
ing with them! Amani>.\ WiTsroRE. 

Ffh. i. 

The place of charity, like that of God, 
should be everywhere. Wide as the heavens, 
deep as the sea, should be the love that in- 
spires the true disciple of Christ. Let none 
esteem themselves as his followers, unless 
they are willing to show by their deeds the 
truth of their religion. 



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THE aOSFEL MESSEISTGIEII. 



From Pipe Creek Churcli, Md.— Jan. 20. 



I THOUGHT that it would not be out of 
place to let you know how we are getting 
along in this part of God's moral heritage. 
We certainly have enjoyed, during the last 
two mouths, a feast of fat things. Bro. Hed- 
rick, of Virginia, came to us about the 28th 
of October, and remained about two weeks. 
He conducted a series of meetings at Sam'b 
Creek for ten days. He held forth the Word 
in all its primitive purity and zeal, that could 
not help but carry conviction to the most 
doubting, and strengthen the faith of the be- 
liever. There was no accession to the church, 
but the attendance was good, and attention 
the very best. 

On the 20th of November, Bro. Lemuel 
Hillery commenced a meeting at Union 
Bridge, which he conducted for ten days, and 
the interest that was displayed by those in 
attendance was the very best. The immedi- 
ate results were three additions to the church, 
and a number more were seriously counting 
the cost. On the 7th of December, he began 
a meeting at New Windsor, which he con- 
ducted for eleven days. The,attendance was 
very good. All seemed to appreciate the 
earnest efforts that were being made by the 
brethren for the Master's cause. The imme- 
diate results were seven baptized, four of 
them being lambs in the fold, while the oth- 
ers were older; two being a father and hs 
companion. Of the number, there was one 
in whom especial interest has been taken, on 
account of her commencing life's labors with 
all its hopes and fears before her; but she 
has taken the admonition of the wise man, 
and obeyed her Creator in the days of 
her youth, before the evil days come, when 
she will have no pleasure in them. Jan. 10, 
three more were baptized, which makes thir- 
ty-three within the last thirteen months. 

You can see that we are moving in the 
cause of our Master. There are some siill 
standing near the kingdom. The church was 
made to feel tha't in her tabernacling in this 
world, that she really had one of the feasts 
that all her children look forward to with so 
much pleasure, and that we, in our onward 
march toward that heavenly Canaan, have 
been able to pitch our tents another day's 
journey nearer the throne of God. We all 
feel to thank God for this blessed privilege 
we have enjoyed. May God bless the dear 
brethren in their labor of love, in whatever 
field they may g